Adam Scott



My recent paintings are visual distillations of observed geologic phenomena that occurs in the high elevations of the Mojave Desert in Joshua Tree California.  I couple those distillations with my interest in the utopic and dystopic aspects of science fiction to create paintings that re-imagine the western landscape circa 2017.  Was the painting made by a human hand or extruded from the earths’ mineral crust by something altogether non-human.

I’m interested in making paintings that speak a sculptural language within a compressed two-dimensional abstracted pictorial space, in other words, I see my work as micro-sculpture that hinge on the brink of the pictorial. 

I’ve always been fascinated by the visual and physical weight of paint as a substance, yet also by paint’s ability to transcend its physical boundaries and become a shunt that communicates directly with the viewer.  For me, painting has always been about a comingling of the concrete and the fictive, in other words, there must always be a tension between the “thingness” object hanging on the wall and what is being “pictured” on the surface of that object.   


Lives and works in Chicago, IL


MFA, The School of the Art Institute Of Chicago

BFA, California State University Long Beach


Solo Exhibitions:


Terraforms, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Terraforms, David Richard Gallery, New York, NY


Silent Running, Julius Caesar Gallery, Chicago, Il.

Recordings, Mild Climate, Nashville, TN.


Fragments: Sampling The Modern, Elmhurst Art Museum, curated by Staci Boris


Glue Dreams Kavi Gupta Gallery


Kavi Gupta Gallery, Leipzig


Paint by Number, doART Gallery, Seoul, Korea 


Adam Scott: New Paintings, doART Gallery, Seoul, Korea


Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL

Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful (part II), Galerie Schuster and Scheuermann, Berlin, Germany


Adam Scott, Galerie Schuster, Frankfurt, Germany


12 x 12: New Artists/New Work, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Electric Avenue, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL


Jellystone, College of DuPage, Glenn Elyn, IL

American Log, Dogmatic Gallery, Chicago, IL


Group Exhibitions:


Simultaneous Contrast, Durden & Ray, Los Angeles, CA.

Visible and Permanent, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Project Space, 65 Grand, Chicago, IL.


How High, Left Field Studio, San Louis Obispo, CA.


Baudrillard's America, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Pareidolia, Coagula Curatorial Exhibitions, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA.


Nanjing International Art Festival, Nanjing, China

Ducks, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.


American Painting Today: Physical and Visceral, KRASL Art Center, St. Joseph, MI.


White Noise, Circuit 12 Gallery, Dallas, TX.

Autumn Space, in collaboration with Lief Sandberg.

Black and White, Double Break Gallery, Curated by Ryan Christian, San Diego, CA


Provocateurs, University Of South Dakota  (Adam Scott & Phyllis Bramson)  

Armory Show, New York, NY (Kavi Gupta Gallery)

Adam Scott & Curtis Stage, Fringe Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

Mudertown, “Mudertown” Chicgao, IL.

Tethered to Our World, Highland Park Art Center, Curated by Phylis Bramson


Sports, Syncroncity Space, Los Angeles, CA.

Wintergarten, Kavi Gutpa Gallery, Berlin


Next Art Fair, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL


Forest Assembly, GAD, Oslo, Norway, curated by Marianne Hurum


Psychoideology: Spirituality, Politics and Identity in Search of a New Paradigm, Roebling Hall, New York, NY

Drawn Together/Collapse Apart, curated by Curtis Stage, Harris Gallery, University of La Verne, CA


Crossings: 10 Artists from Kaohsiung and Chicago, curated by Gregory Knight and Tseng Fangling, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL and Kaoshiung Museum of Fine Art, Kaoshiung, Taiwan

In Search of a Continuous Present, Prague Biennale 2, curated by Lynne Warren? (MCA, Chicago)

VOLTA 01, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

Art Forum Berlin, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Built Against Site, Paragraph Gallery, Kansas City, KS *

Exploding Plastic Inevitable, curated by –Scenic, Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY


Art Frankfurt, Galerie Schuster, Frankfurt, Germany


Here and Now, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, curated by James Rondeau, Lanny Silvermann, Greg Knight and Mary Anne Richter *

NADA, Vedanta Gallery, Miami, FL


Whippersnapper III, Vedanta Gallery, Chicago, IL


Look; Paint, Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

Artificial, Berkeley Center for Contemporary Art, Berkeley, CA

Deluxe, Deluxe Projects, Chicago, IL

Matter and Memory, Thomas Wojtas Fine Arts, Detroit, MI


Squirrels on Parade, Suitable, Chicago, IL

Mid-West AIDS Project, Edsel and Elanor Ford House, Grosse Point, MI

The American Icon, Detroit Focus Gallery, Detroit, MI

Constructing Eden, Belle Isle Botanical Garden, Detroit, MI

MFA Thesis Show, Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL

Eight Painters, Art Center of Battle Creek, Battle Creek, MI

International Group Show, Atelier 14, New York, NY

In Justice, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI


Abstraction, Bruise Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

Triangulus, (Traveling Show), White Box Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Triangulus, Atelier 14, New York, NY


Group Show, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

New Talent-Detroit, KRASEL Museum of Art, St. Joseph’s, MI

Large Scale, Ann Arbor Art Association, Ann Arbor, MI




Dluzen, Robin, Chicago: Adam Scott at Julius Caesar, Two Coats of Paint


Velez, Pedro, Eye Exam: My Top Art Picks for Chicago and the Midwest, New City Art


Reames, Josh, Reinvention: A Q&A Session with Adam Scott, New American Paintings


Ryu, Junghwa, Adam Scott: Paint by Number, exhibition catalog, Do Art Gallery, Seoul Korea


Elms, Anthony, Crossings, exhibition catalog, Terror Steroid, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL and Kaoshiung Museum of Fine Art, Kaoshiung, Taiwan

& Edited by Gregory G. Knight and Tseng Fangling (Curators)


Hawkins, Margaret, Chicago Sun-Times, Gallery Season Beckons, September 10.

Camper, Fred, Chicago Reader, Hot and Heady, September 24, Volume 33, No. 52.

Rosenfeld, Kathryn,, That Kind of Fall, October 14, 2004.


Becker, Josef Dr., Bild Frankfurt, Kunst-Feinschmecker auf der Pirsch, September.


Chicago Cultural Center, Here and Now, exhibition catalog, curated by James Rondeau, Gregory Knight, Marianne Richter and Lanny Silverman.

Stein, Lisa, Chicago Tribune, Artists Profile Adam Scott, July.

Cunniff, Bill, Chicago Sun-Times, Up-and-coming Artists get star treatment at Cultural Center, October.

Artner, Alan, Chicago Tribune, Art Review- Here and Now, October.


New American Paintings, Midwest #29 Catalog, Juror: Joan Rothfus

Newsstand Dates: August 2000 / September 2000


Curatorial Experience:

Co-owner and director of Deluxe Projects.


Duties include: installation, gallery space maintenance, web based and hard-copy show announcements / graphic design, public relations, organizing opening night activities, fund-raising, and curatorial studio visits. Deluxe Projects was a curatorial collective consisting of Danielle Gustafson-Sundell, Andy Moore, and Carrie Gundersdorf, and Adam Scott. Starting in May of 2000 and ending in 2006, Deluxe Projects curated 11 solo projects in a variety of media and forms. From 2000-2004 Deluxe Projects was located in the 500 W. Cermak building. Eight of the eleven shows took place in our gallery space. Three of the projects were located in the various incarnations of the “Stray Show”. Two of those projects took the form of posters and underground “zines”. Our Next project will be the publishing of Andy Moore’s 700 page graphic novel.


***Deluxe Projects was included in Artists Run Chicago at the Hyde Park Art Center, curated Britton Bertran and Allison Peters Quinn.

Deluxe Projects participated in the form of a free poster that consisted of a love letter to future young DIY gallery spaces.

Deluxe Projects Artists shown:

Carl Warnick (Los Angeles), Nancy Ford (Chicago) Curtis Stage (Los Angeles), Cindy Lohr (Formerly Chicago), Millhouse Collective (Milwaukee), Rihad Miha (New York), Michelle Grabner (Chicago), Andy Moore (Chicago), John Parot (Chicago), The Biotic Baking Brigade (San Francisco), Tim Kerr (Austin, TX), Mike Thomas (owner of Dogmatic Gallery, Chicago), Kay Rosen ( Chicago), John Paul Ricco (Art Historian, Toronto), Ken Fandell (Chicago).