Scott Brems grew up in South Jordan, Utah and later Phoenix, Arizona. An early appreciation for the landscape was fostered by scouting and family campouts in the mountains of Utah and Wyoming. Annual trips to the Lyman ranch in Boulder were particularly influential as he explored the sandstone formations of southern Utah on horseback. Later Scott was exposed to the landscape of the Sonoran desert when he moved with his family to Arizona.
Scott began studying art in High School. He filled available electives with extra art classes, which led to an art scholarship to the University of Arizona and later Arizona State University, but his most valuable art education began when he enrolled at the Scottsdale Artists’ School. “I was exposed to a whole new kind of art and artists. I was introduced to plein air and the value of painting from life. The instructors were very generous with their knowledge.” Scott studied with artists including Mark Daily, Matt Smith, Ray Roberts, Robert Lemler and T. Allen Lawson.
“Most of my childhood was spent in the outdoors working and playing. Because of this, I feel deeply connected with the landscape. Compelled to expression, I enjoy getting out and working en plein air. It’s the best way to capture the essence of a subject. I also value time spent in the studio refining the reference material I've collected into works that go beyond documenting nature. A successful landscape painting evokes the senses, connecting the viewer, artist and place.”
He received the Best of Show Award at the Arizona Plein Air Painters Show in 2011, an Honorarium award at the 2005 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s Plein Air show and a purchase award at the Scottsdale Artists’ School. He was featured in Southwest Art’s 21 Under 31 article in 2001 and American Art Collector's November 2011 issue.
Today Scott lives in Phoenix with his Wife, Daughter and two dogs.
Selected Exhibits and Awards
2011 Bold Brush Finalist
2011 Telluride Plein Air, Sheridan Arts Foundation, Telluride, CO
2011 Arizona Plein Air Painters Juried Members Show, Sedona, AZ, Best of Show Award.
2011 Sedona Art Center Annual Juried Members Show, Sedona, AZ
2005 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Plein Air. Ironwood Gallery, Tucson, AZ, Honorarium Award.
2005 Escalante Canyons Plein Air. Escalante, UT
2004 Empire Ranch Foundation. Sonoita, AZ
2004 Scottsdale Artists’ School “The Best and the Brightest”. Scottsdale, AZ
2003 Annual Chaos Theory, 3 Car Pileup Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2002 “Artists For The New Century”, Bennington Center for the Arts. Bennington, VT
2001 Scottsdale Artists’ School “The Best and the Brightest”. Scottsdale, AZ, Purchase Award.
2000 Scottsdale Artists’ School “The Best and the Brightest”. Scottsdale, AZ
1999 Scottsdale Artists’ School “The Best and the Brightest”. Scottsdale, AZ, Plein Air Painters of America Scholarship Award.
Paul Scott Gallery, 7056 East Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, 480-874-3000
Represented in collections including The Scottsdale Artists’ School, Donna Howell-Sickles, and the Stephen E. Silver collection
Herrin, Alice, 21 Under 31. Southwest Art, Sept. 2001
American Art Collector. Nov. 2011
Scottsdale Artists’ School
Arizona State University
University of Arizona
California Art Club
Arizona Plein Air Painters