Scott Sueme, age 26 was born in Calgary Alberta. Within less then a year he had moved to Vancouver British Columbia with his family. Scott grew up in Vancouver’s Hastings Sunrise neighborhood. He lived with his father, mother, and older brother. His father was in the print industry, influenced from his farther before him. Scott followed this path with innocent interests in typography and design. Vancouver’s inner city landscape carved his interest in graffiti art, along with an eye out for graphics, logo design, and visual information. Particularly with graffiti, the diversity in letterforms and cultural meaning introduced a new world and a dynamic way to communicate. Scott then attended Emily Carr University to study general fine arts. 2 years later he was painting and creating graphics just out of his home before finding studio space in Vancouver’s downtown east side. Over the past 4 years Scott has been building an interdisciplinary set of practices personally and commercially through design, painting, and graffiti art.
“My paintings explore a visual world interpreted through personal experiences, mixed with sampled cultural references and materials. Graffiti Ideology is often referenced and conveyed through certain stylistic traits and themes. I’m inspired by the abundance and wealth of my visual surroundings – anything from a symbol directing sky train traffic, to the subtle textures in our natural world. My paintings attempt to uncover the hidden connections within communication design, geometry, landscape, pattern, repetition and colour. Combinations with their respective opposites expose both the contrast, and natural balance of those ideas. My aesthetic is driven with solid colors, bold marks, hard edges, and subtle textures – where their execution can play as both planned and spontaneous. My process harbors close ties with the craft of house painting and spray paint application. I strive for simple solutions in my work and my process around those materials is true to form and craft. Geometrics are isolated, and at other times in context with landscape and pattern. Line work ranges from bold to subtle. Colours are kinetic and uniform, and often in the same painting. Ideas can be both simple and complex. But it is our innate human ability to observe and bring subjects together that creates a connection. Its the balance of these things that make us see.”
Sueme currently works out of his studio near Vancouver’s Olympic Village. He continues to travel and showcase his work on an international level both outdoors and in galleries. He maintains relevancy in the graffiti culture, aspiring to openly converse on the art form, and further its development through the discussion of technique and processes.