“I believe in painting and paintings ecstatically. I don’t make work as a critical gesture, but to affirm my love for something that was great to begin with, by doing it over and over again.”
Scott Anderson is an American painter whose works explore a balance between romanticism and skepticism, history and the contemporary, and the recognizable and the subconscious. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kansas State University, Manhattan, and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Anderson has participated in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; and the Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including Artforum, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He currently resides in La Cienega, New Mexico, where he is an associate professor of painting and drawing at the University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts, Albuquerque.
Anderson’s paintings “typically come from drawings or collages that themselves are vestigial recordings of other images or memories that have had an impact on [him]… visions and visuals that possess a potential to transform, exist in more than one place at once, or maybe sprout limbs and walk around.”