John Scott, ‘Bitter Torso’, 1993, Canadian Art Group

Signature: Signed bottom right “J Scott 93”

Touro College, NYC

About John Scott

John Scott’s mixed-media works reveal a dark, pessimistic view of global politics, religion, and war. Scott illustrates his worldview through a cast of characters that resemble popes, judges, and commanders. Although defined by distinctive characteristics, the figures blend together into a menacing, untrustworthy troop of authoritative powers. Many of the figures are skeletal, wear dark cloaks, and recall Charon, the ferryman who transports souls to hell in Greek mythology. Scott’s canvases carry ominous, satiric titles such as Innocent Pope (2014), Dark Commander (2013), and Alpha Male (2008). Some works are accented with text, featuring pointed phrases like “dog fight,” “brief lives,” and “dark avatar.”

Canadian, b. 1950, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, based in Toronto, Canada

Solo Shows

2014
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, 
Toronto,
John Scott: Dark Star

Group Shows

2018
Michael Gibson Gallery, 
London,
The Power of Placement
2017
Toronto,
Post-War Canadian Masterpieces
2014
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, 
Toronto,
EDITIONS

Fair History on Artsy

2015
Nicholas Metivier Gallery at Art Toronto 2015
2014
Nicholas Metivier Gallery at Art Toronto 2014
2013
Nicholas Metivier Gallery at Art Miami 2013