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ABOUT ARTIST SCOTT TROXEL

Scott Troxel is a full time artist and the owner and founder of Troxel Art Projects, a full service working studio and fabrication business. Scott is an award winning artist that has shown work internationally in art fairs and galleries. He runs his busy studio with several fabricators who help bring his work to life in both small and large scale format for projects around the world.  His work has been placed in some of the most iconic properties in the world and is collected by several Fortune 500  companies.  In addition to his studio practice, Troxel Art Projects also produces custom fabrication pieces for the art advisory trade, architects, interior designers and landscape architects and acts as a creative thick tank for clients.

Born. 1971 Lansdale, PA

ARTIST STATEMENT
I predominately work with wood as my base medium, due to its strength, dimension and organic nature.  The inherent texture of wood combined with paint and other man made materials allow me to explore the concepts of old and young, worn versus new, organic versus man-made and the past versus the present and future.  I look to capture a sense of time in my work and often combine the feeling of different eras within a single piece.  I see this as a direct parallel with human life, as we too grow older and interact with other generations, both younger and older.
 
I am also particularly interested in items that were considered technologically or aesthetically advanced, only to be passed on by the consistency and tenacity of time. For example, an airplane boneyard where cutting edge fighter jets from the 60’s sit in forgotten decay.  They are still beautiful to look at from a design standpoint, even though these are no longer “modern” in the sense that time and technology has passed them by.
 
I particularly inspired by mid-century modernism, where wood and organic shapes were combined with other materials to suggest a type of futurism, though now they are considered vintage. Time has passed on but these pieces remain in that context of when they were designed.  I want my work feel this way, somewhat nostalgic, aged and organic with the feeling that it could also be from a future time. 

MY PROCESS
As a purely abstract artist, I explore form, line, color, shape, texture and mass.  Since I am usually not relying on a recognizable object in my work, I create through the process itself.  I start out with a sketch or design and work through the creative process, hands on.  My pieces always take several weeks to finish as I constantly change them, until they just feel right.  I really like to give my pieces a feeling of juxtaposition and a balance of opposites, in terms of textures and materials.  For example, I will combine a recycled 60 year old cherry table top with a piece of modern manufactured Azek decking.  The ideas of young/old, past and future, modern versus outdated, technology, nostalgia and futurism all seem to find a place in my work.  I also believe this ties into a distinctly human theme.  For example, you can pinpoint a person’s age by the technology they grew up with (Black and white TV, Rotary phone, landlines, etc.). 

 

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EDUCATION
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY- Bachelor of Arts


SIGNATURE  ARTIST
THE NOYES MUSUEM AT STOCKTON UNIVERSITY

ARTIST COLLECTIVES
MEMBER- IN LIQUID GROUP, Philadelphia, PA

THE MUSEUM FOR ART IN WOOD
FORMER EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER, Philadelphia, PA    2018-2020

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 - LINE & GRAIN- Wood wall sculpture and paintings by Scott Troxel.  Ocean City Arts Gallery, Ocean City, NJ.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS/FAIRS
2024- AFFORDABLE ART FAIR AUSTIN- SHEWOLF GALLERY, AUSTIN, TEXAS
2024- DIAF (DAEGU ART FAIR)- GALLERY JEON, DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA
2024- LA ART FAIR- GALERIE BRUNO MASSA, LOS ANGELES, CA
2024-MORE THAN WORDS- NONAME GALLERY, PHILADELPHIA, PA
2023- 4HANDS- NUNEZ GALLERY- MILBURN, NJ
2023- AUTUMN SALON- PARLOR GALLERY- ASBURY PARK, NJ 
2023- DOWN NA SHOOR- PARLOR GALLERY- CURATED BY  BEN MCBRIEN (FARMHAUS)- ASBURY PARK, NJ 
2022- CHANCE ENCOUNTERS- PARLOR GALLERY- ASBURY PARK, NJ 
2022- LOOKING FORWARD THROUGH THE PAST- GALERIE BRUNO MASSA- ARTNET - Paris, France
2021-WALKING WITH THE TREES- CARVER HILL GALLERY- Two Person Show- Camden, Maine 
2021- WONDER LOST- MUSE GALLERY- Special Guest Artist with Erica Gehringer, Philadelphia, PA
2020- SOFA INTERSECT CHICAGO- Chicago, IL
2020- UNPLUGGED-  GROUP SHOW- CURATED BY JOHNNY ROMEO - JAMES OLIVER GALLERY,  Philadelphia, PA 
2020- WALLPAPER DIARIES-  GROUP SHOW- STROHL ART GALLERY, Chautauqua, NY
2020- BANISHED FOR THE GOOD OF THE REALM-  GROUP SHOW- IN LIQUID GALLERY, Philadelphia, PA
2020- ART WYNWOOD- Miami, FL
2019- SCOPE MIAMI- Miami, FL
2019- CONNECTIVE TISSUES- STELLA RIPLEY / ARTSY - CURATED BY MELISSA TAYLOR METZGER- Quebec, Canada
2019- CATALYST- THE YARD, CURATED BY IN LIQUID- Philadelphia, PA
2019- NEW NOW II- IN LIQUID GALLERY, CRANE ARTS-  Philadelphia, PA 
2018- NOYES MUSUEM AT STOCKTON UNIVERSITY ASSOCIATE ARTISTS SHOW- Hammonton, NJ 
2018- WORKS IN WOOD- NEW HOPE ARTS CENTER- New Hope, PA
2018- TEXAS CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR- Houston, Tx
2018- EXTRA CRISPY -JEN TOUGH GALLERY- Benicia, CA
2018- GROUP SHOW AT THE CURTIS-CURTIS BUILDING GALLERY- Philadelphia, PA
2018- MOVING TARGETS -JAMES OLIVER GALLERY- Philadelphia, PA
2018- GROUP SHOW- THE HOLTZMAN GALLERY- Margate, NJ
2017- ARTIFACTS GROUP SHOW- ONE ART SPACE GALLERY- Manhattan, NY
2017- THE NOYES MUSUEM AT STOCKTON UNIVERSITY- ASSOCIATE ARTISTS SHOW-  Galloway, NJ 
2017- THE OTHER ART FAIR-  Brooklyn, NY
2017- BOMBAY SAPPHIRE ARTISAN SERIES SHOW-  REGIONAL SEMI-FINALIST PHILADELPHIA -The Painted Bride, Philadelphia, PA
2017- TEMPLE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI WEEKEND SHOW- Tyler School of Art Gallery - Philadelphia, PA
2017- FEATURED ARTIST- CRATE & BARREL X UGALLERY
2017- THE OTHER ART FAIR- Brooklyn, New York
2017- ARTISTS GUILD OF THE CAPE GROUP SHOW- Crow Creek Gallery, Cape May Courthouse, NJ
2017-MARCH GROUP SHOW- Nashville North Gallery, Linwood, NJ
2017-APRIL GROUP SHOW- Nashville North Gallery, Linwood, NJ
2016 - ANNUAL JURIED SHOW- Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City, NJ
2016- BLACK, WHITE, SHADES OF GREY - Ocean City Fine Arts League, Ocean City, NJ
2016- TRIBUTE-  Ocean City Fine Arts League, Ocean City, NJ
2016- ANYTHING GOES- Ocean City Fine Arts League, Ocean City, NJ
2015- BIRDS EYE VIEW- Ocean City Fine Arts League, Ocean City, NJ
2015- SEASONS- Ocean City Fine Arts League, Ocean City, NJ
2015 - ANNUAL JURIED SHOW- Ocean City Arts Center, Ocean City, NJ
2015- NAUTICAL- ARTBox, Wildwood, NJ 
2015-SHORE MEMORIAL SHOW- Somers Point, NJ
2015- WINDOWS- Ocean City Fine Arts League, Ocean City, NJ
2015- STREETS, ALEEYS AND PATHWAYS- Ocean City Fine Arts League, Ocean City, NJ
2015- SUMMERTIME- Ocean City Fine Arts League, Ocean City, NJ
2015- PETITE SHOW- Ocean City Fine Arts League, Ocean City, NJ

AWARDS
2017- BOMBAY SAPPHIRE ARTISAN SERIES -  REGIONAL SEMI-FINALIST PHILADELPHIA -Philadelphia, PA

JURIED FAIRS AND COMPETITIONS
AFFORDABLE ART FAIR AUSTIN-2024- AUSTIN, TEXAS
DIAF (DAEGU ART FAIR)- 2024-DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA
​LA ART FAIR- 2024 LOS ANGELES, CA
ART WYNWOOD-2020 MIAMI, FL
SCOPE MIAMI- 2019 MIAMI, FL
SOFA INTERESECT- 2020- CHICAGO, IL
TEXAS CONTEMPORARY-OCTOBER 2018- HOUSTON, Texas
THE OTHER ART FAIR- NOVEMBER 2017 - BROOKLYN, New York
THE OTHER ART FAIR- OFFICIAL SELECTION:  JUNE 2017 - BROOKLYN, New York
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE ARTISAN SERIES 2017- REGIONAL SEMI-FINALIST (PHILADELPHIA) 



Scott Troxel Art - Bygone Technology & Nostalgic Design    (Q&A by Bethany Fincher, Curator, Saatchi Art)
​Scott Troxel draws on the aesthetics of bygone technology and the forward-looking designs of the Atomic Age and mid-century modernism to make dynamic, retrofuturist wooden sculptures that evoke nostalgia for the past as much as they look to the future. Fascinated by the way pieces of technology, culture, and design reveal their age, Scott aims to make works that cannot be pinned to a specific era. Scott has exhibited his work at numerous fairs and exhibitions across the United States, including The Other Art Fair New York, and his works are held in private collections across the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America.

1. Tell us about who you are and what you do. What’s your background?
I am a wall sculptor that works primarily with wood and paint. I do sometimes incorporate metal, reclaimed wood, found objects and man-made materials like PVC and Azek. I attended Temple University and got my degree in film, although I was originally an art major, and I ended up pursuing a career in product development and design and brand management. While I enjoyed bringing over 200 products to retail from raw concepts, I decided to begin working on my art again at age 43. After a few years, I had enough work and momentum to transition to being a full time artist and I haven’t looked back.

2. What does your work aim to say? What are the major themes you pursue in your work? 
I am inspired by design and technology throughout the twentieth century, such as mid-century modernism, the Atomic Age, and art deco. In terms of what my work is trying to say, I tend to expand upon Frank Stella’s famous quote “What you see is what you see.” While the viewer tends to bring his or her experiences to my work and “find” something familiar in it, my goal is to create art that features strong composition, balance, color, form and movement. My work relies heavily on these pillars. I then incorporate themes of aging, organic versus man-made, and new versus old in the sense of how we engage with technology, design, and aesthetics across generations. Specifically, I use the example of mid-century modern design. It has the rare ability to be timeless yet dated, modern but retro, organic and grounded but still futurist and otherworldly. I find this concept fascinating, and it is the foundation of what I try to achieve in my work. I want it to feel both modern and bold but perhaps from another era—when it was cutting edge, before time passed it by and changed the definition of “new or modern.”
An example of my work that demonstrates this idea would be “Achtung III.” The piece is bold, graphic and nods to both hard-edge abstraction and post-painterly abstraction. But it’s also modern and slightly distressed and grungy. The color palette was taken from a 50s book cover that has amazing design and color.

3. Can you walk us through your process for creating a work from beginning to end?
My process is significantly calculated and pre-determined. I start with a concept or raw idea—similar to how I would approach a product development project. I spend hours in graphic design software refining the concept and purging bad directions. I do this mostly from a modeling standpoint, as it is difficult to work with the materials I use without a clear direction. Once I have a concept dialed in, I gather my materials and begin constructing the piece in my wood shop. Usually, the piece ends up around 70 to 80 percent true to my mockup. Obviously things change when creating in the studio, but my direction is mostly clear. At this point I bring the piece to my finishing studio to paint and mount the piece. In a nutshell, it goes from a concept on a computer screen to the wood shop to the studio where it is finished.

4. What are you working on next?
I am expanding upon my monochromatic series, which challenges me to focus on composition by using a very limited color palette.

5. Who are your biggest influences and why?
I am heavily influenced by industrial design and movements like Art Deco, Mid Century Modernism and the use of plastics in the 1970s. I am inspired by artists like Frank Stella, Franz Kline, Martin Puryear, Harvey Quaytman, and the tondos of Leon Polk Smith. But I am inspired by all great art, no matter the movement or artist--
​I also love the work of Magritte, Picasso and Giorgio de Chirico.

​CORPORATE / HOSPITALITY COLLECTIONS
The Shard Building-London
Hotel Del Coronado- San Diego
Westin Hotels
Wyndham Hotels
​Embassy Suites Hotels
Marriot Hotels
Hilton Hotels
The View II at Temple University 
Pudue University
Four Seasons Hotel Group
Capitol One Corporate Headquarters
Price Waterhouse Cooper
NIKO Residential Building, NY
Catalina Laredo Restaurant Group
Price WaterHouse Cooper
​J Alexander's Restaurant Group
Joe Flacco- NFL Quarterback
The Hotel Del Coronado
Live Casino, Philadelphia
Cira Center, Philadelphia

​GALLERY REPRESENTATION:
GALLERY JEON- SOUTH KOREA (EXCLUSIVE)
SHEWOLF GALLERY- AUSTIN, TX
GALLERY BRUNO MASSA- PARIS, FRANCE, ASIA
PARLOR GALLERY- ASBURY PARK, NJ 
CARVER HILL GALLERY- CAMDEN, MAINE
TROXEL ART PROJECTS- MARMORA, NJ

SAATCHIART.COM- ONLINE PLATFORM
1STDIBS.COM- ONLINE PLATFORM
SINGLUART- ONLINE PLATFORM


To contact me for custom pieces or to purchase art, please use the contact form in the navigation bar.  All art is proudly made in the USA.

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