mixed media on paper
35 ins x 23 ins; 88.9 cms x 58.4 cms
Through both symbol and figuration – and with an existentialist’s drift and a nihilist’s anger – John Scott has etched the deep markings of a long and sustained career, issuing a singular voice for a mass appeal. His humor, angst, and revolutionary anxiety are profiled through crude gesture, cryptic text, and figures bearing their archetypes. His socio-political commentary, radicalism, and anger are the products of growing up in the ’60s in Windsor, amid the presence of an industrial multitude that took both his parents’ lives. Further, Scott was among a generation whose revolutions were urgent, but too often brief. But their tone was more enduring. On the occasion of his first survey exhibition at the famed Faulconer, Scott stirred an echo to the gallery’s impressive Goya collection, his Dark Commander running a dark parallel to the master’s fatalist symbolism. The museum’s associate director says of Scott, “he seems to have seen the 21st century coming,” his Neo-Marxist leanings tempered by a black-eyed rejection.
John Scott graduated from Ontario College of Art and University of Toronto between 1972 and 1976. He was the subject of a survey exhibition at the Faulconer in Iowa (2014), and has been exhibited across Canada and in parts of Europe.
Private Collection, Toronto