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SCOTT TETLOW

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Born in Rochdale in 1969, Scott developed a passion for art as a young boy. During his late teens, whilst roadying for punk bands, Scott spent his free time sketching punks and designing album covers. It was this body of work that earned him a place at Cheltenham University, where he gained his fine art degree.

 

In 2002, his much-loved studio burnt to the ground and he lost everything. Unable to continue both practically and emotionally, Scott threw himself into teaching, believing that his art career was now just part of his past.

In 2011, Scott moved his family to Verona and, ironically, moved into an apartment directly above an art shop. Feeling inspired to pick up his brushes again, he began to draw the stunning architecture. With his passion rekindled, he returned to England and built a studio in his garden. He hasn't stopped painting since. 

A Word From Scott

Whilst living in Taiwan, I studied calligraphy and discovered that this beautiful form is valued as 'high art'. The art of calligraphy is used to express the inner beauty of the soul and spirit. Chinese calligraphy focusses on two types of beauty: the obvious aesthetics and the hidden beauty; the soul and life of a figure. Often, Chinese painters will say they are 'writing a painting' and this concept has influenced my work heavily over the years. I want my works to tell their own story, for the viewer to read their energy.

Each of my drawings is almost a manifestation of the frame of mind I am in at the time that I create it.  

As Henry Ward Beecher said, 'Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures'.

Somewhere along my path, I became engrossed in the need to convey movement, to create the illusion of life. Knowing how to create something in the line, how to find the light and the life in a figure is considerably harder than the layering, rendering and re-rendering I do when I'm painting with oils. 

I have to learn and understand the lines before I can make them work. It has taken years of practice, of feeling like I'm walking through a maze; making mistakes, going down the wrong road and learning whether to turn left or right. I've had to practice and practice to be able to create a piece in one go, it's almost like doing it in one breath.

Each time I pick up my tools, I am running out onto a tightrope. I can't stop. I have to keep going to get to the other side. There is no time to question myself or correct mistakes because I have to get the marks down with confidence. I don't get a second chance. I can't rework it; every mark has to flow out of me to give the figure movement. If I haven't studied the lines, if I don't fully understand them the drawing just won't work. 

Every single line on each of my drawings is inspired by a living object, the result being that every line has the energy of a living thing. 

The Style Icon Collection 
Represented by Buckingham Fine Art

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Scott Tetlow's stunning collection is completely modern and original in its inception. There is an elegance to his forms and yet there is an attitude, a potency to the eyes. 

 

Distinctive of the urban pop movement, Scott's style is both innovative and iconic, and whether the subject be animal or architecture, it is instantly recognisable and very much a style of his own. Scott lived in Taiwan for a time and his studies of calligraphy have greatly influenced his work. Chinese calligraphy is valued as 'high art', both for the beauty of its aesthetic form and its ability to express the inner beauty of the soul and spirit. Often, these Chinese painters will say they are "writing a painting"' and this is a concept  that continues to shape Scott's work to this day.

Through his love of calligraphy, Scott has developed a form of painting that is linear and yet absent of the constraints of calligraphy. Instead, it is imbued with a sense of freedom and movement, that is balance and contained in a considered composition. This movement adds to the illusion of life and spirit. There is a confidence of line, a strength in the flow of creation that adds to the energy of the artwork. Quite clearly there is an abstraction to the work, but there is a realism too that gives his forms character and personality. Scott's artwork has a narrative, a story to tell, an energy to be absorbed and his forms are there to be read, understood and discovered in all their beauty. 

Buckingham Fine Art

The Style Icon Collection is represented by Buckingham Fine Art. Both the original works and fine art prints can be purchased directly from them or from one of the many affiliated galleries across the UK. Contact us to enquire about a piece or to find out where your nearest affiliated gallery is.

The Figurative Collection 

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Somewhere along my path I became engrossed in the need to convey movement, to create the illusion of life. Each time I pick up my tools, I am running out onto a tightrope – I can’t stop. I have to keep going to get to the other side. There is no time to question myself or correct mistakes because I have to get the marks down with confidence. I don’t get a second chance and I can’t rework it, every mark has to flow out of me to give the figure movement. If I haven’t studied the lines, if I don’t fully understand them the drawing just won’t work. Every single line on each of my drawings is inspired by a living object, the result being that every line has the energy of a living thing.

Scott Tetlow 

The Urban Animal Collection 
Represented by Buckingham Fine Art

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Distinctive of the urban pop movement, Scott's style is both innovative and iconic, and whether the subject is animal or architecture, it is instantly recognisable and very much a style of his own. Scott lived in Taiwan for a time and his studies of calligraphy have greatly influenced his work. Chinese calligraphy is valued as 'high art', both for the beauty of its aesthetic form and its ability to express the inner beauty of the soul and spirit. Often, these Chinese painters will say they are "writing a painting"' and this is a concept  that continues to shape Scott's work to this day.

Through his love of calligraphy, Scott has developed a form of painting that is linear and yet absent of the constraints of calligraphy. Instead, it is imbued with a sense of freedom and movement, that is balance and contained in a considered composition. This movement adds to the illusion of life and spirit. There is a confidence of line, a strength in the flow of creation that adds to the energy of the artwork. Scott's artwork has a narrative, a story to tell, an energy to be absorbed.

Buckingham Fine Art

The Urban Animal Collection is represented by Buckingham Fine Art. Both the original works and fine art prints can be purchased directly from them or from one of the many affiliated galleries across the UK. Contact us to enquire about a piece or to find out where your nearest affiliated gallery is.

The Superhero Collection

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Scott Tetlow celebrates the most iconic superheroes of all time.

 

Since the birth of the comic book hero in the 1930s, a minor subculture has grown into a major and universally loved theme in our popular culture. Gaining tremendous momentum in the last 30 years, the individuality, storylines, and styles of these comic characters have evolved into a powerful film genre, which transcends age, gender, and nationality.

 

Scott has taken the greatest comic characters from the DC and Marvel portfolio to create a collection of superheroes that will bring pure joy to its audience. In his quintessential style, he has breathed new life in these iconic brands and interpreted them in a fresh new exhilarating way. ‘Comic art becomes fine art’ at the hands of Scott Tetlow, as he immortalises an impressive line-up of legendary superheroes, including Marvel’s Thor, Spiderman, Hulk and Captain America, alongside DC favourites Batman, the Joker and Wonder Woman.

 

Scott lived in Taiwan for a time and his studies of calligraphy have greatly influenced his work. Scott has developed a form of painting that is linear and yet absent of the traditional constraints of calligraphy. Instead, it is imbued with a sense of freedom of movement, that is balanced and contained in a considered composition, and there is an unreserved elegance to his stylist interpretations, whatever the subject matter.

The Superhero Collection is represented by Buckingham Fine Art. Both the original works and fine art prints can be purchased directly from them or from one of the many affiliated galleries across the UK. Contact us to enquire about a piece or to find out where your nearest affiliated gallery is.

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