Gilmore Scott, Contemporary Navajo Artist

Gilmore Scott distinguishes himself from other artists by his bold application of bright contemporary colors, “I’m not shy with my use of colors,” admitted Scott, a member of the Navajo Nation.  “I like to use bright oranges and blues that add a different twist.”  His work is also very geometrical and graphical in nature.

Navajo Artist Gilmore Scott

Navajo Artist Gilmore Scott

Scott attended the College of Eastern Utah and Utah State University.  For nine years, he also worked as a wild-lands firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service.  But eventually Scott decided to become a full-time artist.

He works with watercolors, acrylics, and colored pencils, sometimes mixing the three mediums.  And his work is inspired by a variety images:

  • Four corners’ desert landscapes,
  • traditional Navajo homes, called hogans,
  • maternal figures cradling the Earth, and
  • geometric designs taken from Navajo rug weavers.

His works come in a variety of sizes.

Gilmore Scott's Vibrant Interpretation of Tradition Navajo Life

Gilmore Scott’s Vibrant Interpretation of Tradition Navajo Life

He likes sealing pieces in resin rather than varnish.  That way his works have an enhanced glossy finish, which further brings out the vibrant colors.  He has also had one of works made into a Pendleton blanket.

Gilmore Scott's Pendleton Woolen Mills Blanket Titled:  "Female Storm"

Gilmore Scott’s Pendleton Woolen Mills Blanket Titled: “Female Storm”

Scott makes his home in the Navajo oil town of Montezuma Creek, located in the extreme southeastern corner of Utah.

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