Scott Cilmi

"The focus of my recent abstract paintings has been to create a sense of energy and spirit through color, composition, line and shape," says Scott Cilmi. "The energy may be loud and powerful or quiet and subtle. I let the painting decide.

"I am interested in using juxtapositions of color, exploring how each layer affects the other. The paintings are more about what is left over after the process is complete. I do not begin with a specific image in mind, although there are certain images or rhythms that act as a starting point for each composition. I work with several paintings concurrently, over a number of sessions; therefore, each painting is not the result of a single creative output but a culmination or refinement of a number of concentrated sessions. My work involves looking at and making many small decisions within the composition until the painting says it is 'complete' and and I have learned something from the piece."

Cilmi studied his craft at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a proficient painter whose works are in numerous private and corporate collections, a few of which include Kaiser Permanente, The Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C., Northwest Airlines, New Century Picture Corporation, Exodus Communications, Inc., Buschfeld Design GmbH, Scarborough Insurance Company and Waterloo Mercury, LTD. His paintings have also been showcased in prestigious juried art events such as The Sausalito Art Festival, Bellevue Art Festival, La Quinta and Saratoga Art Festivals and The San Francisco Artists Guild. Cilmi Gallery in Sausalito, The Desert Collections in Palm Desert and Editions Limited in Emeryville have exhibited his striking and colorful work. Scott Cilmi's work is currently represented by the Cohen Rese Gallery in San Francisco.

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