Scott Yukio Fergus
Scott was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum when he was a child. He discovered early his ability to use visual art forms to convey meaning from his perspective, by telling stories with panel sequences similar to comic art. As he has grown into young adulthood, Scott’s paintings have matured and his subject matter has expanded to include narrative in which color conveys the emotional impact of a place or a person. He often makes multiple paintings of a single subject, responding to emotions he feels at the time, and moods that he feels in the subjects he addresses.
His unique style can best be described as abstract or interpretive realism. While subject matter is readily identifiable, his imagery is unconstrained by realistic proportions and color choices. His works surprise the viewer by unexpected emphasis on texture, color, simplification, surface, spatial renderings, and other techniques that reveal content which a more representational image would not. His subjects range from people he has been inspired by but never met, the Dalai Lama for example, to places that relate to his multicultural ancestry such as Japan and Hawaii, and of course his home State of Michigan. He is a member of the Mid-Michigan Art Guild, and his works have been exhibited with that group as well as in juried exhibits.