Michael Scott

1958 · United States

Artist biography

With a systematic and methodical approach, the American artist Michael Scott uses mathematics to create optical and experimental artworks. Through fractions and progression, but also colour, scale and texture contrasts, he investigates the conceptual meaning of optics. Close to artistic movements such as the so-called “new abstraction” and “neo-geo”, Scott refers to his own production as “Op art on acid”. In the mid-eighties, the artist began the realisation of his concentric circle or target paintings series and then switched, after a few years, to his best known, narrow, black and white parallel lines, calculated to the millimetre. After a short period, in the early 1990s, when he created surreal and psychedelic works inspired by cartoons and children’s books, Scott went back to geometrical abstraction, this time leaving his systematic methodology aside, in favour of a more instinctive and natural process. Born in Paoli, Pennsylvania, Michael Scott studied at the School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, and then obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY (1981) and a Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College in New York City (1983). He is currently living and working in New York. Scott has had numerous exhibitions in prestigious institutions and his works are part of public collections including Le Consortium in Dijon, France, the MAMCO in Geneva, Switzerland, Le Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Kunsthalle in Bern Switzerland, and the MACBA in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Michael Scott

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