Andrew Skorut

Artist Statement

My landscape paintings are about balance between abstraction and realism.  I believe in the process involved in creating painting is as important as the finalized image. I look for opportunities of applying paint in abstracted way which from the distance is translated into realistic landscape. I apply multiple glazes then I scratch with various tools to create interesting abstract marks and to reveal the underplaying colors.

Andrew Skorut was born in 1969 in Krakow, Poland. This thousand-year-old city in Eastern Europe, with its impressive architecture, fine museums, and abundant works of art, is where Andrew spent his early years. Such intensely aesthetic surroundings undoubtedly had a profound influence on Andrew, who began painting at a very early age and had already decided to pursue a career as an artist by the time he finished elementary school. Despite fierce competition for places, Andrew was accepted into the Art High School (Liceum Sztuk Plastycznych) whose stringent artistic standards stimulated his interest in art still further. In 1987 Andrew immigrated to the United States, where he continued his art education receiving an‘Honors at Entrance’ Scholarship. In 1995 he graduated from University of Utah as a PHI Kappa member, with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Shortly afterwards, Andrew was selected for a three months internship. This internship – a period of three months’ intense painting was unquestionably a key factor in determining Andrew’s future. Inspired and encouraged, he returned to Salt Lake, rented a studio, and began painting full-time.

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