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About Scott Kling

Scott’s sculptures have been described as visual poetry, which combine the figure with the abstract. His Muse & life partner Cynthia Fuller-Kling has been a primary source of inspiration. Cynthia’s grace & fluidity as a modern dancer captured Scott’s attention & swept him off his feet in 1985! She has been a significant partner & collaborator in choreographing the shapes for his Human Landscapes Collection. Scott also pays homage to the rich heritage of art he has been exposed to throughout his life of travel. Modern artists such as Brancusi, Zadkin & Noguchi & the first sculptors of the Cycladic Islands, whose sculptures date back to 5000 B C, have all been influential. These first sculptors used unique carving techniques of stone to stone reduction, to create simple beautiful forms, capturing the essence and soul of the human form. Scott uses these techniques as well as traditional hammer & chisel, rasps & minimal use of power tools in carving his sculptures.

Scott’s 2 Venus sculptures in Statuario marble come from two residencies he did at Studios La Polveriera & SEM in Pietrasanta, Italy. Pietrasanta, located at the foot of the Carrara Alps, is the epicenter of stone carving, and the home to the finest marble in the world used by past masters such as Michelangelo and contemporary sculptors such as Henry Moore and Fernando Boltero. While in Italy, Scott resided at Peralta, the former studio of Fiore de Henriquez and Jacques Lipchitz.

Background: Scott was born in New York City in 1959, and began carving his first stone at the age of thirteen. He has pursued sculpting passionately ever since. In 2013 Scott’s Pod & Venus in bronze sculptures were chosen for a juried show sponsored by the Delegation of United States and the Societe Nationale Des Beaux Arts at the Museo du Louvre.

Sculpting Mediums: Scott’s love of marble drives him to find unique stones from quarries around the world, which bring inherent beauty to his art, even before touching his chisels to the stone. He also sculpts in wood, clay, and casts in bronze.

Education, Awards and Studios: Connecticut College, New London, CT and Thomas J. Watson Fellow; Parsons School of Design, NY; Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY; Walter Driesbach Studio, Essex Studio & Cincinnati Art Academy, Cincinnati, OH; The Arts Students League Lexington Kentucky (Celebration of the Nude, Juried Show); The Arts Students League, New York 57th Street & Vitachel Campus, Sparkill, NY (Blue Dot Award and Residency); SEM Studio, Pietrasanta, Italy; Peralta Hamlet Studio of Fiore de Henriquez, Tuscany, Italy, and Studio La Polveriera, Pietrasanta, Italy. Scott maintains a studio and residence in Snedens Landing on Grace Knowlton’s compound in Palisades, NY.

Scott is also engaged in activities that foster human rights and equality through the development and distribution of solar & wind energy products to help the 1 billion plus people around the globe who live off-grid. Scott has helped design, manufacture and distribute over 1 million solar powered lights to people who have no reliable source of clean electricity or light.

Scott takes this passion to do “good,” to his profession as an artist. He believes that beautiful art can be a great unifier and influencer, crossing all cultural boundaries, to bring positive change to the world. Many of his works displayed here are in private collections in the US, Canada & Europe.