A childhood compulsion to draw led Scott Rohlfs into the world of art, where his unique take on 21st-century womanhood has given us some of the most cutting-edge depictions of females on canvas in recent years.
Born in Alaska but raised in the very contrasting landscapes of California, Scott sketched throughout his teens, strongly feeling the pull of portraiture and with early influences including supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. The latest fashion trends, as well as the human body and a sense of dynamic movement, were important in Scott’s output even then. The fusion of the human form with fashion remains a key driver in Scott’s work, with his techniques having been carefully and constantly honed over the decades.
“Art and fashion are cross pollinating more than ever. In fact it’s possible that the movement has never been riper”
Today, using the mediums of acrylic, spray and oil paint Scott’s work celebrates both the voluptuousness and the vulnerability of the human form, as well as its continuing odyssey across modes of representation, from our real-world existence right through to the virtual life, where the portrayal of femininity has evolved dramatically, taking in the idealized womanhood of the gaming world and a more global visual parlance (drawn from sources as diverse as news reportage, film noir and the graphic novel) as well as postmodern influences from multiple modes of being. Scott is refreshingly open about his broad inspirations from many different sources, with artistic references drawn from contemporary art and culture – including couture shows, magazines, photo shoots and music videos – as well as from the real world around him, whether that’s passers-by in the street or strangers in bars.
“Like fashion, art should be about making a personal statement”
In particular, Scott pays much attention to the depiction of the eyes as ‘windows to the soul’, evidenced in his work by his almost obsessive inclusion of huge, deep eyes that demand attention and inquiry. A major thrill across Scott’s work is that it immediately invites personal narrative drawn from public, or shared, consciousness and visual language.
Scott’s distinctively assured brush stroke and his innate understanding of contemporary notions of beauty and style have seen him tipped to become one of the great artists of our time.
When he is not painting Scott spends his spare time with his three toughest art critics, his wife Shelly and two beautiful daughters, Sydney and Gracyn. Scott notes these three women as his main inspiration and driving force.