Galerie Richard

Scott ANDERSON - Lovers and Thinkers

Press release

Galerie Richard in Paris is pleased to present “Lovers and Thinkers” by Scott Anderson, his second solo exhibition in France from October 8th to November 18th, 2017. Very few artists get a review from both Artforum and The Los Angeles Times in the same year. Just last year he also recieved a solo exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Art in Overland Park, Kansas, and the Galerie Richard‘s one man show in Untitled art fair 2016 in Miami was selected by art critic Paul Laster as one of the best booth in Untitled and Nada art fair.

Scott Anderson’s work was described by the art critic David Pagel as “dystopian abstraction”:

His process begins with a snippet of memory or a vestigial image lingering in his mind. He works intuitively to excavate something new and transformative from the memory. This process leads to paintings reminiscent both of surrealist dreamscapes, American Regionalism, modernist influences and with their own unique language.

Anderson’s newest paintings are composed of figures seeming to be separated and scattered across the . As Pagel noted, “Appearances and reality are tugged apart.” The most important quality of his work is the ambiguity of his figuration. You are first confronted with uncertainty, but slowly you begin to understand the characteristic of his work. The sizes of the figures do not comply with any sense of scale within the composition, lending an interesting perspective. His process is reminscient of that of Henri Matisse and Raoul Dufy. The pictorial space is flattened and color is used to bring the third physcial dimension into a flat space of. The canvases reflect the cultural upheavals of our time and invite the viewer to contemplate on snippets of the modern day city and its mysterious inhabitants.

His creative process begins with bits of memory or remnants of images that linger in his mind. It intuitively works to get something new and modified out of memory.
This process leads to paintings that have reminiscences with the dreamlike landscapes of the surrealists, American regionalism, modernist influences and with their own unique language. *

Scott Anderson (b. 1973, Urbana, IL) received his BFA from Kansas State University and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he attended Skowhegn School of Painting and Sculpture. Anderson recently had a solo exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and has participated in exhibitions at MCA Chicago, the Parrish Art Museum, The Warhol Museum and the Cranbrook Art Museum.

His works have been featured in numerous publications including Artforum, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, and New American Paintings. Anderson was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and The William and Dorothy Yeck Award. Anderson currently lives and works in La Cienaga, New Mexico and is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts.

*”Dystopian Abstraction” ArtPulse, 2017,


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