David L Scholes (°1968, Peterborough, United Kingdom) makes paintings and mixed media artwork. By rejecting an objective truth and global cultural narratives, Scholes creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles. His paintings are notable for their perfect finish and tactile nature. This is of great importance and bears witness to great craftsmanship. By applying abstraction, he considers making art a craft which is executed using clear formal rules and which should always refer to social reality.
His work urge us to renegotiate painting as being part of a reactive or – at times – autistic medium, commenting on oppressing themes in our contemporary society. By applying abstraction, he creates with daily, recognizable elements, an unprecedented situation in which the viewer is confronted with the conditioning of his own perception and has to reconsider his biased position.
His works never shows the complete structure. This results in the fact that, the artist can easily imagine an own interpretation without being hindered by the historical reality.
By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, he tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted.
David L Scholes Artist