Start Date: Friday, 16 April 2021

Finish Date: Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Location: Grenfell Art Gallery, 88 Main Street

Contact: 02 6343 2059

Scott Marr is a blue mountains-based artist who’s medium is painting, drawing and he recently started exploring sculpture through steel, timber and glass.

Marr explores bio-metamorphosis through surrealism and abstraction.

In his show ‘The Visitor’ he hopes to take visitors on a journey of the metamorphic nature of impermanence.

Scott Marr | Artist Statement

Though I’ve briefly studied art at Julian Ashton Art School and TAFE, I think of myself more as a self-taught artist. My early studies allowed an insight to the foundations and practice of drawing but it was ongoing experimentation that led me to my current media, pyrography and natural pigments.

Pyrography is the practice of burning an image onto a surface, using specially designed tools. I work mostly on paper but I also enjoy working with wood.

The pigments I use are all handmade from natural materials, most of which I collect from the bush near my home, the roadside, the garden and sometimes even the kitchen. Some of my favourite raw materials include ochres, sap, flowers, bark, leaves, coffee beans and berries. Part of my processing technique is to add natural mordants (fixatives), preservatives and binding substances.

I’ve been a practicing artist for 15 years now and my work has of course changed a lot over this time. The first few years were spent obsessively trying to master realism, from photorealism to surrealism. One thing that has remained fairly constant is my subject matter; my work is usually about the intricacies of nature and our place in it.

Scott Marr | Biography (Born 1976, Sydney)

Selected exhibitions:

  • 2011 – Group exhibition at Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, New York
  • 2011 – Solo exhibition toured Europe in conjunction with Osunlade’s ‘Pyrography’ album launch
  • 2011 – Solo exhibition at Lost Bear Gallery, Leura, NSW
  • 2011 – Group exhibition at Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2009 – Solo exhibition at SH Contemporary, Shanghai, China
  • 2009 & 2008 – Solo exhibitions at Katoomba Fine Art, NSW, Australia
  • 2006 – Collaboration with Virginia Kaiser, Katoomba Fine Art, NSW, Australia

Awards & prizes:

  • 2011 – Finalist, Salon des Refuses, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney
  • 2010 – Finalist, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, State Library NSW.
  • 2010 – Commended for Originality, Lethbridge Small Works Prize, QLD.
  • 2010 – Finalist in Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize, VIC.
  • 2008 – First Prize, Works on Paper, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize (S.A. Museum)
  • 2008 – Awarded one-month Donald Friend residency at Hill End, NSW (Bathurst R.A.G.)