From the Collection of John and Margaret Nicholson
Scott Griffin is a self-taught Canadian artist who paints with encaustic on salvaged wood. He grew up in a family of bush pilots on a farm on Canada’s Scugog Island. His family expected him to follow their flying tradition, but Griffin had an urge to create. As a boy, he salvaged unusual materials scattered around the farm. He also began to create the characters that still populate his work today. At age 18, he moved to Oshawa, Canada, where he and his brother Clint collected and recycled materials from the garbage and filled their apartment with hundreds of paintings.
I am driven by the materials I collect. I can’t leave something that I think is useful, I have to take it home, even if I don’t need it now. I see things in the materials. The surfaces that I am drawn to tell me what to draw. They reveal a world to me I recognize. I started to use the welder to make lines on the metal and realized that I could draw with metal on metal. It’s been about 3 years of working with metal. I always do my art at night and collect stuff in the day.