(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.