Featured Artist Scott Troxel

Artist Scott Troxel explores form, line, color, shape, and texture in his abstract, linear wood wall sculptures and paintings. See more of his work by visiting his website.

 

“Quiet Riot” Repurposed Cherry, MDF, Acrylic and Tung Oil, 48” x 45” x 2” by artist Scott Troxel. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Quiet Riot” Repurposed Cherry, MDF, Acrylic and Tung Oil, 48” x 45” x 2”

 

I am a modern mixed media artist who specializes in wood wall sculpture and acrylic painting. I equally enjoy both mediums as they require two completely different creative approaches (one with a brush, paint and canvas in two dimensions and one in three dimensions with chisels, saws and woodshop equipment).

 

“412” Repurposed Mahogany, Cherry, Walnut, Bubinga and Purpleheart Woods, 26” x 30” by artist Scott Troxel. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“412” Repurposed Mahogany, Cherry, Walnut, Bubinga and Purpleheart Woods, 26” x 30”

 

I predominately work with wood as my base medium for wall sculpture, due to its organic nature, texture, strength and dimension.

 

“Apollo” Repurposed Cherry, MDF, Acrylic and Tung Oil , 24” x 32” x 1.5” by artist Scott Troxel. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Apollo” Repurposed Cherry, MDF, Acrylic and Tung Oil , 24” x 32” x 1.5”

 

The organic nature of wood combined with manufactured materials (plastics, paint, found objects) allows me to explore the concepts of old and young, worn versus new, organic versus man-made and the past versus the present and future.

 

“House of Cards” Repurposed Mahogany, Cherry, Walnut, Maple and Azek with Acrylic and Stain, 20” x 48”by artist Scott Troxel. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“House of Cards” Repurposed Mahogany, Cherry, Walnut, Maple and Azek with Acrylic and Stain, 20” x 48”

 

Wall sculpture in general is very appealing to me, as it allows me to explore spatial three-dimensional relationships that simply cannot be done on canvas. I strive to capture a feeling of time in my work, and the notion of clean and new versus old and worn. I see this as a direct parallel with human life, as we too grow older and interact with other generations, both younger and older.

 

“Internal Forest” Acrylic on Canvas, 40” x 30”by artist Scott Troxel. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Internal Forest” Acrylic on Canvas, 40” x 30”

 

When I paint, I tend to work as an abstract expressionist, letting the act of creating the painting take center stage. The process determines the outcome, rather than a preconceived notion.

 

“Zanzibar” Acrylic on Canvas, 30” x 40” by artist Scott Troxel. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Zanzibar” Acrylic on Canvas, 30” x 40”

 

Usually, artists tend to focus on one medium. I have been urged by both curators and mentors to continue to work seriously on both my painting and my wall sculpture, as they have suggested they work very well together.

 

“Volta” American Black Walnut with Acrylic, Aluminum and Tung Oil, 14” x 40” x 2” by artist Scott Troxel. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Volta” American Black Walnut with Acrylic, Aluminum and Tung Oil, 14” x 40” x 2”

 

In terms of style and subject matter for both mediums, I am mostly an abstract, non-objective artist. I do tend to blur the line between minimalism, color field painting, the hard-edge school and constructivism.

 

“Heartbreaker” Poplar, Azek, Mahogany, Enamel and Tung Oil, 36” x 46” x 2”by artist Scott Troxel. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Heartbreaker” Poplar, Azek, Mahogany, Enamel and Tung Oil, 36” x 46” x 2”

 

Occasionally, I will create a specific object, but mostly I am focused on form, composition, color and emotion. Key influences in my work are Frank Stella, Leon Polk Smith, Ellsworth Kelly, Franz Kline, and Martin Puryear.

 

“Voyager 2” MDF with Acrylic, Stain and Mahogany, 30” x 43” x 1.5” by artist Scott Troxel. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Voyager 2” MDF with Acrylic, Stain and Mahogany, 30” x 43” x 1.5”

 

I am also particularly inspired by mid-century modernism, where wood and organic shapes were combined with other materials to suggest a type of futurism, though now they are considered vintage. Time has passed on, but these pieces remain in that context of when they were designed.

 

“Oculus 4” MDF with Enamel, 21” x 27” x 2” by artist Scott Troxel. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Oculus 4” MDF with Enamel, 21” x 27” x 2”

 

I want my work feel this way, somewhat nostalgic, aged and organic with the feeling that it could also be from a future and modern time.  This balance of future nostalgia is really what I try to capture in my work.

 

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Comments

  1. Good stuff! How about shaped canvases or doing paintings of the wood pieces?

  2. Hi James. Thanks for the comments about my work. I have considered shaped canvases but have never got around to doing them. Maybe in the future.

  3. Fran Kasper says:

    Enjoyed looking at your creative work. Hope you will get your idea across to the new collectors. Good luck with all your creative endeavours.

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