Scott Sawtell: Right Before Your Eyes


Scott Sawtell: Right Before Your Eyes

September 7 – October 23, 2021
Opening Reception: Friday, September 10, 2021
Register to attend at at either 7-8pm or 8-9pm.

Latcham Art Centre, 2 Park Drive, Stouffville, Ontario L4A 4K1
Admission: By donation.

“The creation of a single world comes from a huge number of fragments and chaos.”
– Hayao Miyazaki

This September, Latcham Art Centre is pleased to present the exhibition, Right Before Your Eyes. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, September 10th at 7pm or 8pm, Artist Scott Sawtell will be in attendance to talk about his work. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Regional artist Scott Sawtell is celebrated for his imaginative abstract oil paintings. In his explorative approach, he is inspired by comics, animation as well as experiences from everyday life. There is a purposeful tension between realistic and familiar imagery with palpable abstract and gestural mark making. In conversation with Curator Carolyn Hickey, Sawtell addressed this sense of tension by stating:

“Other than the incorporation of abstraction into realism, I’ve always tried to put different elements together and I think I may be a maximalist in the way that I paint. I’m interested in the idea of mash-up culture, or taking all these different images and combining them until they feel cohesive.”

Sawtell’s self-reflection during the pandemic has informed and strengthened his practice by exploring the creative chaos of living in an unprecedented time, sharing images that engage the viewer’s experience and provoke an uncanny feeling.

Right Before Your Eyes represents a recent body of work that characterizes endless transformations in the balance between realism and abstraction. By combining various colours, forms and patterns with recognizable elements of nature and humanity, Sawtell presents new fragmented realities that seem to be constantly emerging and rapidly changing from one state to another. Sawtell acknowledged this sense of transformation, explaining:

“My paintings change so much overtime as I’m not working with them continuously and sometimes I take a few years because I am constantly revisiting them at different periods. This is purposeful because I want them to have a sense of history and philosophically I am interested in in the fact that it becomes almost a diary of all these different experiences in one image. I let the painting continually change from what I am seeing every day.”

The juxtaposition between angular lines and organics nature produces a simultaneous break down and rebuilding of creative energy. In doing so, his artwork continually shifts and unfolds in front of the viewer, encouraging deeper engagement.

Curator: Carolyn Hickey

Latcham Art Centre gratefully acknowledges the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support of this exhibition.


Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, September 10th from 7-8pm or 8-9pm. To attend, please register at Artist remarks will begin at 7:15pm and 8:15pm.

Scott Sawtell is a Canadian artist, instructor, and curator based in Newmarket, Ontario. He received an MFA from the University of Waterloo (2002) and a BFA from OCAD University (2000). Since 2000, his work has been exhibited in both public and private galleries across Canada and the United States including: Orillia Museum, of Art and History, B Contemporary, and the Aurora Cultural Centre. Scott has continued his artistic career through teaching visual art at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, and Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario and at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Ontario. Scott has previously curated exhibitions for The Town of Newmarket, the City of Kitchener, Oakville Galleries and Humber College. This is Scott’s first solo exhibition at Latcham Art Centre.

About Latcham Art Centre

Latcham Art Centre is a public art gallery that inspires the community to engage with arts and culture through dedicated exhibitions of contemporary art that reflect a range of artistic media and the cultural diversity of our province. Latcham Art Centre offers vibrant education programs that cultivate creativity and experimentation through classes, workshops, artist talks, and tours. Latcham Art Centre is located in Stouffville, Ontario, 45 minutes northeast of Toronto with free parking and is accessible via GO Transit. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Latcham Art Centre is wheelchair accessible.

GALLERY HOURS – starting September 7th 2021
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed


Image: Scott Sawtell, Pets the wets and the colds ones too (Trailing off), Oil on canvas, 48 x 59.5 inches, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist.