Aaron Memmott

Artist Statement

In my paintings I enjoy examining the beauty and familiarity of my local surroundings, as well as the amazing places I find in my travels. My paintings reflect my personal vision of modern life. I am intrigued by the dynamic interplay of light and color in my daily surroundings. The geometry of the stacked buildings: residential bordering industrial, rotating colors of houses, apartments, and cars that line city blocks, or cool nights broken by warm lights and passersby all convey my vision of the environment. Subjects become most interesting when light strikes surfaces, fracturing images and separating them into dramatic patterns and shapes. The values of the planes shift from light to dark and I begin to discern a rhythm to their order. Such elements exist in everything I see. Oil paint allows me to portray my vision best. I am driven by the process of painting and leave evidence of the creation in each piece. I push and pull the paint, losing areas and bringing them back. Dripping, splattering, smudging, scumbling, and glazing are all techniques I employ. I find it fascinating to study the balance between shapes and colors as they transition from abstract to discernible. This fascination is apparent in my application of paint: I am sometimes loose and expressive, other times tight and formulated. I am interested in the line between abstraction and representation, chaos and control. Through this dialogue and spontaneous approach to my work I keep myself emotionally involved in each piece. In each instance a subject offers the opportunity for inquiry and imagination. When others see my paintings, I want them to see not only the world they live in but perhaps themselves in new and refreshing ways.

Artist Bio

Memmott studied Fine Art at the University of Utah, where he trained under the widely acclaimed Utah artists, including David Dornan and Paul Davis. He received his BFA from the University of Utah and went on to get his MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. After graduating and teaching at the Academy of Art University for several years, Memmott took a teaching position at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. He has since returned to the West and continues to hone his craft as a full-time painter in the thriving Helper Utah Artists’ community. The beauty and familiarity of his local surroundings along with the fascinating places he finds in his travels continue to be a primary source of inspiration for his work. Memmott is influenced most by twentieth century American painters such as Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, and Edward Hopper.  Thomas Hart Benton, another inspiration, is Memmott’s great, great Uncle.