Michael Scott (American, b. 1958) was born in Paoli, PA. In 1980, he graduated from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. In 1981, he received his BA from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. He went on to receive his MFA from Hunter College in New York City in 1983.

In 1986, he began to work on a series of concentric circle or target paintings. Heavily influenced by the date paintings of On Kawara (Japanese, b.1933), he wanted to create a body of work in which no painting was better or worse than another one. In the summer of 1988, after seeing a man wearing a seersucker suit in New York City, he had the idea to make a painting of parallel lines that would be so optical that in theory it would be impossible to look at. In 1989, he held a solo exhibition at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery, where he presented an installation of paintings exposed on honeycomb aluminum panels.

In 1992, Scott continued to explore a systematic approach to painting by making two series of works in which the length of the black lines in each painting totaled either one quarter of a mile or one third of a kilometer. At the end of 1993, he became interested in the psychedelic and surreal, and began a series of works based on children’s coloring book imagery that he called candyland paintings. In 2002, he returned to large-scale black-and-white line paintings, and in 2009, he began a series of large-scale color line paintings.

Scott’s works have been displayed in many institutions around the world, including group exhibitions at the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, NY, the MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, NY, the Consortium in Dijon, France, and the Basel Art Fair in Switzerland. He has also held solo exhibitions at the Akira Ikeda Gallery in Nagoya, Japan, the Witzenhausen Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the Gering & López Gallery in New York, NY. Scott currently lives and works in New York City.


Born: Paoli, Pennsylvania
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine
BA, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
MFA, Hunter College, New York, NY


Just what is it that makes today's painting so different, so appealing?, Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY
and then he tried to swallow the world, Gering & López Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Voids, catalogue contribution, Pompidou Centre, Paris, France
Slough, David Nolan Gallery, New York, NY
Deformalismes, Praz-Delavallade, Paris
Triple V, Dijon, France (solo)
MAMCO, general galleries, Geneva, Switzerland
Black Noise, MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerland
Mongin Art Center, Seoul, S. Korea
Half Square, Half Crazy / Mi-Carre, Mi-Fou, Villa Arson, Nice, France
An Ongoing Low-Grade Mystery, Paula Cooper gallery, New York, NY
Black Noise, Ecart booth, Basel Art Fair, Switzerland
Art & Public (cabinet space), Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
The Painted World, PS1, Long Island City, NY
Private View 1980-2000, Collection Pierre Huber, Le Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, Switzerland
J. Walter Thompson, New York, NY (solo)
pOp, Galerie Francesca Pia, Bern, Switzerland
Jay Decker Projects, New York, NY (solo)
Before and After Science, Galeria in ARCO, Torino, Italy (catalogue)
Central Connecticut State University (2-person), New Britain, CT (solo)
Ian Peck Fine Art, New York, NY
Le Jeu des 7 Familles – the seven families, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva,Switzerland
Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Formulas for Revelation, The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Art & Public (2-person), Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
Atheneum, University of Dijon, Dijon, France (solo)
Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Project Room, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya, Japan (solo)
Jason Rubell Gallery, Miami, Florida (solo)
Le Consortium, Dijon, France (solo)
Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Mission West, New York, NY (solo)
J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency, New York, NY (solo)