"The painting 'A Little More Interesting' speaks about diversity and how life becomes more interesting when we use all the colors. In this piece the subject is not very interested in the viewer when he is painted in black and white. It’s only when he is painted in full color that he notices the viewer. This is a direct metaphor to seeing color and why diversity is important. As humans we fear what we don’t understand and for us to understand each other we need to have a line of constant communication. Diversity helps us remove the silos and open that direct line of communication. The subject in this oil painting also wears the costume of Miles Morales whose recent film depicts a world where Spiderman is as diverse as they come and in the end the world is left in a better place." –O'Neil Scott
ABOUT O'Neil Scott:
"I am a self-taught, Philadelphia-based artist. Influenced early on by both my grandfather and uncle, each of whom pursued creative careers, I took to drawing as a child and spent much of my youth filling the pages of empty notebooks with images of individuals, both fictional and real. In college, I had hoped to study art. But I’d been awarded a football scholarship from Syracuse University and therefore had to prioritize my activities, which meant dropping my studio courses since they conflicted with the school’s training schedule. While I ended up majoring in Information Technology and then later earned my MBA at the University of Delaware, I never lost my passion for art. Rather, it remains a vehicle that I continue to utilize as a means to give voice to my innermost concerns.
Inspired by the Old Masters as well as contemporary realists, I always have been captivated by portraiture and its capacity to impart the complexities that comprise the human condition. It wasn’t until I stopped working with acrylic and started experimenting with oil two years ago that I started spending so much more time at the easel. Not only have I found the material’s pliability so much easier to navigate, but it’s ease of use has pushed me to delve that much deeper into my subject matter and risk voicing my trepidation about the many issues that I hold close to my heart, such as social justice, climate change, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement. At their core, I want my paintings to invoke mindfulness, to inspire contemplation, and to convey understanding." - O'Neil Scott
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