Raised where the East Coast suburbs filtered into the woods and farms, Scott Conary (Rhode Island School of Design, BFA ’93) creates oil paintings of everyday objects and places with which we have complicated and often ambiguous relationships. Pulled from their context, these objects say something about how we interact with the world and one another. These are stories of the arbitrary nature of beauty, of melancholy, of fleeting triumph, and the camouflage of time: the mess and splendor of the broken egg, the weed that fights to survive in the gaps of our attention, the weathered door used for generations but now forgotten, and so on.
Fueling and inspiring this work is his young daughter’s battle with complicated heart defects, her experiences with disability, and the impact this has had on those around her. This has directed his focus toward the narratives and tensions in the everyday, and is why he wanders deeper into the thicket of representational work. As an extension of his love of paint and the simple narrative, Conary gives lectures and runs workshops around the country and online. He and his family live in Portland, Oregon.
Conary is represented by the Principle Gallery (Alexandria, VA), Bowersock Gallery (Provincetown, MA), Turner Fine Art (Jackson, WY), Gallery 1261 (Denver, CO), and the Charlestown Gallery (Charlestown, RI)