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“"Light matters. The Atlanta artist excels at suggesting it on canvases that can glow. At times, he uses reflective material to enhance the effect. And while he does abstract paintings, some of these works more than suggest realism, with a horizon line here, a sky there, even the hint of buildings. There’s also the influence of the great 19th–century English landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, who took a very solid world and, with color and form, de-materialized it."

Richard Maschal, Charlotte Observer

"This Atlanta and North Carolina painter’s multilayered technique mixes acrylic paint with concealed reflective textures including silver and gold leaf, all sealed under a varnish of his own devising. Upton’s determined innovation in depth and surface distinguishes him from his sources, which include the late work of Mark Rothko but combine many other atmospheric abstractionists."

Jerry Cullum, Atlanta Journal-Constitution


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Cover of Home Magazine
The Umstead Hotel and Spa Collection, Cary, NC

Abstract Artist


Gallery Representation


Blue Spiral 1
Asheville NC 1990-2021


Hidell Brooks Gallery

Charlotte, NC 2012-2021

Studio E Gallery
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 2010-2021

Thomas Deans Fine Art
Atlanta, GA  2009-2021

I've always maintained that my work is about color and light and their effect on our emotions. My inspiration comes from nature, whose sublime forms and colors and chaotic power shape the ever-changing landscape. For me, light is the unifying force, transforming everything it touches by banishing darkness and encouraging renewal. In my work I've always sought to suggest, in addition to the beauty, the feelings of hope and peace that light imparts.

My painting process involves as much intuition as skill, and a surprising amount of sheer physical labor. To convey the emotional impact of change, time, weather, and light, I employ a wide range of techniques. I lay down rich fields of color, enhanced by many layers of transparent glazes. To intensify the effects of depth and mystery, I may use a foundation of metal leaf or applied textures. After building up a surface I then scar it or even scrape it away only to cover it over again with a new layer. I like “closing away” lower layers, except for scattered spots of color--a reminder that more is happening in a painting than what is perceived on the surface. I hope this process creates for the viewer a calm moment in which to reflect on what, in a larger sense, has been hidden from view.
--Scott Upton

Gallery & Exhibitions History

Blue Spiral 1, Asheville NC 1990-2021

Hidell Brooks Gallery, Charlotte, NC 2013-2021

Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta GA 2009-2021

Studio E Gallery, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 2010-2021

New Morning Gallery, Biltmore NC 2008-2018

Thomas Deans Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA 2018

J A Willy Gallery, Naples, FL 2016

Flanders Art Gallery, Raleigh NC 2007-2015
The Gallery at Laws, Knoxville TN 2010-2015

The Rymer Gallery, Nashville, TN 2013-2015
Haute Design, Charleston, SC 2011-2015

Broadhurst Gallery, Pinehurst, NC 2008-2015

Jeffery Bruce Baker Designs, Atlanta, GA 2014

G17, Gallery Seventeen, Greenville, SC 2013 

Harrington Brown Gallery, Memphis, TN 2012, 2013

Tripolo Gallery, Covington, LA 2010-2013

John Collette Fine Art, Cashiers, NC 2012

Allison Sprock Fine Art, Charlotte, NC 2011
Allison Sprock Fine Art, Charleston, SC 2011
Smith Killan Fine Art, Charleston, SC 2011
Center of the Earth Gallery, Charlotte NC 2003-2010
Summit One Gallery, Highlands NC 2004-2010
Lyons View Gallery, Knoxville TN 2007-2009
The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary, NC 2008-2009
Gallery NU, Covington, LA 2008-2009
Gallery NU, Sandestin, FL 2008-2009
The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta GA 2006-2008
The Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica CA 2007-2008
Carol Saunders Gallery, Columbia SC 1998-2008  
Bickett Gallery at Hudson, Raleigh NC 2007
The Upstairs Art Space, Tryon NC 2007
Gallery Sklo, Atlanta GA 2004-2006
Art to Market, Atlanta GA 2003-2004
Space, Atlanta GA 2002-2004
Momus, Atlanta GA 2003
Beverly Libby Gallery, Atlanta GA 1998-2002
The Wells Gallery, Charleston SC 1994-2001
Windsor Gallery, FL 1994-1996
Hanson Art Source, TN 1992-1995
Southern Exposure, Atlanta GA 1990
New Morning Gallery, NC 1984-1996
Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill NC 1989
Somerhill Gallery, Durham NC 1984-1989
Designer House, Denver CO 1984
Henley Southern Spectrum, NC 1981-1988
Henley Travel Show, NC 1987
First Bank of Asheville, NC 1983
The Studio Café, NC 1983
Shelby Art League, NC 1982-1983
Asheville Art Museum, NC 1983
State Senator James McClure Clark, Asheville, NC 1982
Art on the Plaza, NC 1982
Artist Endeavors, NC 1982
The Portfolio, City of Biltmore, NC 1982
University of North Carolina at Asheville, NC 1983
Art Institute of Atlanta, GA 1977


JP Morgan, Charlotte, NC

Cancer and Blood Diseases Insitute, Cincinnati, OH

North Highlands Worldwide Consulting, Atlanta, GA

Capital City Club, Atlanta, GA

St. Andrews Country Club, Boca Raton, FL

WRAL, Capital Broadcasting Company Inc, Raleigh, NC

Biogen Idec, Reseach Triangle Park, NC

Ritz Carlton, Atlanta, GA
First Health, Pinehurst, NC
SAS, Cary, NC
Blackberry Farms, Walland, TN
The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary, NC

Del Friscol's, Washington, DC
Del Friscol's, Boston, MA
Del Friscol's, Atlanta, GA
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Casino, Aruba
O’Hare Hilton, Chicago, IL
Amelia Island Plantation, FL
The Breakers, Palm Beach FL

Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC

Eastman, Kingsport, TN
Charlies Frazier, Author of Best-Selling Novels
Cold Mountain, Nightwoods, Asheville, NC
Lit Bow Wow, Singer, Atlanta GA
T-Pain, Singer-Song Writer- Producer, Atlanta, GA
Arthur Blank Foundation, Atlanta GA
Crescent Capital Investments,
Four Seasons Hotel, Atlanta GA
Armada Investment Group, Atlanta GA
Progress Energy, Corporate Collection, Durham NC
Source One Marketing, Atlanta GA
Northside Hospital, Atlanta GA
Mission Hospital, Asheville, NC
The Georgia Dome, Atlanta GA


University of North Carolina at Asheville
1980-1984 Fine Arts
McDowell Technical College
1977-1979 Commercial Graphics
Art Institute of Atlanta
1976-1977 Visual Communications


North Carolina Artist Tucker Cooke
North Carolina Artist Herb Jackson
New York Artist Dorothy Gillespie
New Horizons Computer Art
Encaustic, The Art School in Sandy Springs


Award of Excellence Paper Sources International
Award of Excellence Simpson Paper Company
Award of Excellence Zander Paper Company
Southeastern Abstract Artist Tour


National MS Society 2010-2013

EnAble of Georgia, Inc. 2009-2013

Gwinnett Children's Shelter 2010, 2013

New Heights Therapy 2010
STAR - Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Ride
2008, 2010-2012
Art with Heart 2008-2009
Highland Cashiers Humane Society of NC
2004 -2007, 2010-2011
The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy CMLC 2007
McNair Foundation 2006-2007, 2010
American Cancer Society 2005-2008
Hunter Museum of American Art 2007
Birmingham Museum of Art 2006
Knoxville Museum of Art 2005-2008
Atlanta Opera 2003 - 2006
DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids
2003 - 2005
Project Open Hands 2000-2003
Alzheimer’s Association 1989-1993
The Charleston Low Country Aids Foundation 1994
Western North Carolina Aids Auction 1988-1994
Asheville Art Museum 1983-1988

Atlanta Home
Highland, NC
Atlanta Home
Atlanta Home
Del Friscol's, Boston
First Health, commission, Pinehurst, NC
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right panel
Clint Eastwood
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