Fear of Fracking by Scott McIntire, 2013, enamel on canvas, 36" x 48" (image courtesy the artist)
Scott McIntire's paintings deal with the ideas of color, space, and the energy fields of his subject matter. From cityscapes to landscapes and still lifes, he wants to convey the experience of the energy surrounding his subjects as he experiences them. He is currently preparing for a show in November 2014 at Nurture Nature in Easton, Pennsylvania. The exhibition,"Backyard Project 2014," will be a photographic study of the biodiversity of all the mammals, birds, and insects found on his Long Island property. He will be showing these photographs as well as the Energy Field paintings that resulted from this study.
Road Trip #3 by Scott McIntire, 2011, enamel on canvas, 24" x 18" (image courtesy the artist)
JB: [Julia Buntaine, Feature Member Editor @ASCI]: In your "Energy Series," you paint representations of energy fields around everyday subjects, such as flora and fauna. How do you choose these subjects and what significance do they have for you?
SM [Scott McIntire, artist]: I switch between hard, man-made structures like power lines, signs, and buildings to softer images from nature such as flowers, trees, and fauna. I inherently need the balance of both those directions. I obsessively photograph everything that is of interest to me in my yard, neighborhood, and beyond and then I select the subjects that I resonate with the most. I then intuitively create the color environment and energy fields.
JB: In painting the unseen, you're speaking to the physical forces that underlie the universe. How did you come to be concerned with particle physics from an artistic perspective?
Toad Lily and Metallic Green Bee by Scott McIntire, 2013, enamel on canvas, 24" x 18" (this will be part of the "Backyard Project 2013" show) (image courtesy the artist)
SM: This series grow out of my need to go beyond traditional representational painting. In earlier paintings I worked with the psychological tension between objects. Today's interest in the Higgs particle, the tremendous growth in the use of cell phones, and the invasiveness of the NSA, has caused me to think more about the unseen energy that surrounds all of us. I want to call attention to the invisible and make the viewer of my art think about these forces.
JB: What are the challenges you currently face in this line of work?
SM: Simply put, making the unseen and unheard visible. I started painting Op Art in the 70s and then moved on to Photorealism. My current work allows me to combine the two directions together. I use a lot of different techniques to make areas visually vibrate by stimulating the optic nerves to create energy areas on the canvas surface.
Pokeweed Energy Field by Scott McIntire, 2012, enamel on canvas, 48" x 36" (image courtesy the artist)
After graduating from Portland State University, McIntire began teaching at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Living in Portland during this time, Scott showed in galleries up and down the west coast, as well as having work included in traveling national and international exhibitions. After living and exhibiting in Puerto Rico for six years following his time in Portland, McIntire moved to New York City in the early 90s. His current work is represented by the Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton, NY and Art Sites in Riverhead, NY. The most recent show titled "Energy Field Paintings" was exhibited at the Kenneth Paul Lasko Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio.
Scott's Website: www.scottmcintire.com