Darth Vader (2013) and Stormtrooper (2019), Star Wars–inspired masks by William Scott.
Born in San Francisco in 1964, Scott creates recurring fantastical narratives and characters, often set in futuristic utopias, that address realities of race, class, identity, citizenship, spirituality, and tolerance. Masks are very powerful symbols for Scott, who makes them just once a year, and then labors over the finishing details for months at a time, transporting materials back and forth between his home and Creative Growth’s studio. He assumes the role of the character behind each mask, from reluctant superheroes to sympathetic monsters such as Spiderman, Frankenstein, Herman Munster, and Darth Vader. Scott’s work has been exhibited at White Columns, New York, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, the Hayward Gallery, London, The Museum of Everything, London, Palais de Tokyo, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, and Berkeley Art Museum. His works are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art New York, SFMoMA, Mad Musée, Belgium, the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and the Oakland Museum of California. This is a singular opportunity to acquire a complementary pair of Scott’s meticulously crafted masks, which are seldom available for purchase.
Starting bid $1500
Untitled, by Dan Miller (2012)
Dan Miller’s artwork reflects his perceptions. Letters and words are repeatedly overdrawn, often creating ink-layered masses, hovering on the page and built up to the point of obliteration or destruction of the ground. Each work contains the written recording of the artist’s obsession with objects such as light bulbs, electrical sockets, food, and the names of cities and people. Miller’s work has been included in exhibitions at Andrew Edlin, New York, Galerie Christian Berst, Paris, The Gallery of Everything, London, Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles, White Columns, New York, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, and ABCD, Paris, and featured at the 57th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Berkeley Art Museum, Mad Musée, Belgium, and the Collection de l’Art Brut, Switzerland. This piece is an example of a particular phase in the evolution of Miller’s artistic expression, exemplifying the bold, colorful graphic work he became known for.
Starting bid $2500
Untitled, by Dwight Mackintosh (1980)
Identified by the well-known art historian John McGregor as a great American Outsider Artist, Dwight Mackintosh began making artwork late in life, after spending over 55 years in institutions. Mackintosh lost little time in making up for the late start, and generated multitudes of drawings, paintings, prints, and ceramics during his career at Creative Growth. His art is characterized by repetitive flowing text and “x-ray” views of loosely drawn, yet tightly composed figures. Mackintosh’s work has been exhibited internationally at ABCD Collection, Paris, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, and is included in the permanent collection of the Collection de l’Art Brut, Switzerland, the American Folk Art Museum, New York, Mad Musée, Belgium, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. This unusual piece executed on orange paper—a rarity for the artist—is from the Creative Growth permanent collection.
Starting bid $3500
David Byrne’s Suit, by Kim Clark (2019)
Born in 1980, Kim Clark first came to Creative Growth in 2000 through the Summer Scholarship Program. Clark is heavily influenced by pop culture, idolizing everything from Elvis to the Twilight Saga to current films. Typically sourcing from popular culture magazines, Clark converts the saccharine, digitally perfect figures into her own expressive style reminiscent of Egon Schiele’s pulled and distorted figuration. Clark’s work has been featured at Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York, and Park Life in San Francisco. This suit, created specifically for David Byrne to wear at Beyond Trend 2019, features, among other celebrities, portraits of TV’s Luke Perry (Beverly Hills, 90210, Riverdale), who died in February 2019.
Starting bid $1000