Rolph Scarlett (1889–1984) is a modernist artist renowned and celebrated in the international art community for his work as an abstract painter, graphic artist and modernist designer. Born in Guelph, Ontario, he began his first artistic training through private tutoring, followed by academic art instruction and a 4-year jewellery apprenticeship.
Scarlett had worked and lived the largest part of his life in the United States. His paintings and artwork have been exhibited in some of the most important established Galleries and Museums in the United States, Canada and Europe, and are part of many important public collections, such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – New York, Amon Carter Museum – Fort Worth – Texas, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and Museum of Art – Carnegie Institute – Pittsburgh.
Scarlett’s dedication to modernism was expressed in his art and design work. Although Scarlett also created action paintings and surrealist works, he especially loved and was devoted to geometric abstract non-objective painting. He describes this form as an expression of pure creation.