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Everyday City Life: The Art Portfolio of Scott Ivey

A painting of a cityscape across a body of waterharbor view, oil on canvas

Scott Ivey is a Washington, D.C.-based artist who works in oil paint, watercolour, charcoal, and other traditional media, producing works that capture scenes of everyday city life. The artist’s images are designed to capture the aesthetic of aged, sepia-toned photographs, with Scott tending to work in an additive fashion, starting with a dark-coloured canvas and adding light. 

An ink wash painting of buildings at nightnight study, inkwash


The colour palettes that Scott uses in his artworks are particularly striking. The artist’s affinity for rich neutral hues lends itself to works that emulate the aesthetics of sepia-toned photographs, as well as older film photographs that have been artificially recoloured, or that have faded after many years of storage. In some cases it’s a surprise to discover that the actual medium of the work is watercolour, or charcoal -- the illusion is quite striking. 

The front page of Scott Ivey's art portfolio


Though Scott’s works often present views of deserted city streets, with lighting conditions that suggest dusk or early morning, I don’t really get a sense of isolation from the pieces. Rather, there’s an overarching mood of quiet contemplation, even peace -- like taking a walk early in the morning to watch the sun rise.

A painting of a parking lot with carslot #1, charcoal

About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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