July 22nd, 2019

Portfolio | Artists of Utah

By: Southwest Art | July 15, 2019

This story was featured in the August 2019 issue of Southwest Art magazine.

What inspires you to paint? The beauty and familiarity of my local surroundings and the amazing places I find in my travels. My paintings represent my personal vision of modern life.

How would you describe your style? Contemporary representational with a painterly quality.

How did you first get interested in art? I spent a lot of time drawing animated characters and skateboard graphics as a kid. I always knew I wanted to be an artist and had encouraging art teachers along the way.

Where did you study art? I earned my bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and my master’s in fine art from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. I continued my studies while teaching at the Academy of Art University and at Savannah College of Art and Design. I am always learning.

What is your creative process like? I paint from life, photos, sketches, and my imagination. I lay in the painting directly and glaze along the way, building the light and unifying the color palette. I am interested in the line between abstraction and representation, chaos and control. I like to respond to the painting throughout the process. The final product is essential, but the process is what’s most important to me.

When you’re not creating art, what else do you enjoy doing? I enjoy hiking in the Utah mountains with my girlfriend and my dog, traveling, and cooking.

What galleries represent your work? Gallery MarPark City, UT; 15th Street Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT; Anne Jespersen Fine Arts, Helper, UT; www.aaronmemmott.com.