The Hamptons has a long history of being home to artists and writers drawn by its beautiful beaches, landscapes and escapism from hectic city life. One up-and-coming artist that calls East Hampton home is Hamptons' born and raised surfer Scott Bluedorn who attended School of Visual Arts in NYC, but found himself drawn back after spending several years in NYC.
Scott works in various media, including painting, drawing, print process, and found object assemblage. Often distilling surreal imagery from the seemingly familiar, the artist draws from the Hampton's rich history particularly the 17th and 18th century structures, as well as its nautical tradition invoking supernatural overtones he refers to as “maritime cosmology”.
We love his mashup of colonial architecture and fantastical worlds reminiscent of Japan's Studio Ghibli movies - Japanese anime, which can be seen in one of his signature pieces below, House of the Whale, 12" x16" (ink on paper) spectacular in its details.
Visiting his studio, a barn located in the Northwest Woods of East Hampton was truly an experience, not only see his diverse work, but his inspiration. Below are some recent images taken there...
Below: Canoe Place & A Hut (right) both 8" x 10" acrylic on wood
Below: Assemblage Artwork Wall - found objects reimagined Below: Naufragia, 48" x 52"- found wood, driftwood, rope
Below: Moby Dick of the Deep, 22" x 30" - cyanotype print, edition of 12
Why he finds the Hamptons inspiring...
Living off the edge of the land, how the land and ocean come together, the light and atmosphere of the Hamptons, as well as the sophisticated cultural institutions such as Longhouse and Parrish Art Museum are all part of the attraction.
His favorite places to surf...
Georgica Jetty in East Hampton and Hoffman's or Cavitts Cove in Montauk for large storm waves.
Scott is frequently commissioned by companies to create art for their brands, recently developing beer bottle label art for Greenport Harbor Brewing Company (photo below).
You can see Scott Bluedorn's work starting on May 8th at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, where he will be part of an exhibition themed Radical Seafaring curated by Andrea Grover. Scott will show his newest works entitled Forbidden Islands Project, a body of work that exploring various islands that are inaccessible to the greater public including privately owned properties, wildlife sanctuaries, remote outposts, government zones and military installations on the east end and beyond.
No doubt a rising star in the art scene that in the coming years one will come across his work in art museums around the world.