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Scott Hutchison was born in Indianola, Iowa, and received his BFA at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and an MFA in painting from The George Washington University.
Scott’s paintings and drawings are comprised of overlapping figures stitched together in one composition. His artwork is multifaceted, abstracted, and appears to be in motion – not just physically, but psychologically as well – evoking the idea that our identity is also in flux. Though we are singular beings, our psyche is not. We are molded in part by time and our life experiences.
The people in Scott’s work personify strength and frailty of consciousness and the depths to which we experience the human condition. The figures are displaced, out of sync and stitched together from a multitude of people, like ghosts or layered memories, both timeless and self-aware.
All of Scott’s work can be seen as a journal entry, the manifestation of a deep concern for place and purpose in this world. He reassigns faces and body parts through a mixture of trial and error, coupled with random chance and the need to create something from nothing. During this process, Scott is seeking answers to a larger question: Who or what defines us as an individual? Are we here by accident, or is there a greater purpose, or are we just a product of our culture and our experiences? Scott’s art is meant to tug at the viewer and suggest that there may be more to this material world. Each piece is intentionally shrouded in mystery, letting the viewer interpret its multitude of meanings.
He is an Associate Professor of Practice in painting and drawing at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Scott's influences include Vincent Desiderio, Lucian Freud, Jules Kirschenbaum, Ron Mueck, Matthew Barney and Francis Bacon.