Andrew Soutar, Scottish/American (1936 - )
Andrew Soutar was born in Forfar, Scotland in 1936, and emigrated with his parents to the United States in 1948.
Interest led eventually to attendance at the then Rutgers School of Agriculture (B.Sc. general agriculture) and subsequently the University of California Berkeley (M.A. geology) and the University of California, San Diego (M.S. oceanography).
Professional affiliation with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California dealing with the intersection of geology, biology, and climate and was maintained from 1960 to around 2005.
Presently, along with his wife Sue, he lives on Drumlin’s End Farm in northern New York. Other personal information includes four sons, David, Jon, Garvin and Ethan, all contributing their creative talents on the west coast.
He became acquainted with plastics in both marine development shops and art galleries starting in the early 1960s, and for many years has experimented with pigment suspended in plastic resins. More recently, pigmented resin application has been revisited, specifically the inclusion of artists oils in epoxy polymer.
The intricacies of color and structure that appear in the natural world provide a parallel to the structural patterns of color that can emerge in an oil in polymer work. The translucent nature of these works allows for a degree of backlighting, and in a natural window setting, provides a naturally changing and engaging view. Furthermore, relief created in coordination with both color and structure may be employed as both visual and tactile enhancement.