WILLIAM SCOTT

Born 1964, San Francisco, California
Has practiced at Creative Growth since 1992

William Scott is a self-taught artist who graphically renders his imagined public and private worlds with remarkable accuracy and meticulous detail. William draws, paints and re-builds his native San Francisco in search of the elusive “normal life,” one of Baptist-sermon ideals and gleaming, safe, artistically franchised city centers. San Francisco re-emerges as “Praise Frisco,” a place where William’s public longing for wholesome, peaceful interactions take place within re-developed idealized neighborhood landmarks. 

Through a series of drawings and ceramic sculptures William recreates images of the women who attend his Bayview-neighborhood church, an expression of his social longings. The work communicates his desire for a romantic relationship with a “popular, tolerant woman,” one who will share a life with him in his re-imagined city.  

William creates a complete and fantastical urban world. With sincere enthusiasm and a highly developed painting and drawing style the artist questions the hard edge that contemporary city life often creates, and offers us a convincing glimpse of an alternative future. 

William has had solo exhibitions at White Columns, New York and has been included in group exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery, London, Berkeley Art Museum, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, The Museum of Everything, London, Gallery Paule Anglim, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, and Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York. William’s work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Mad Musée in Belgium, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Oakland Museum of California, and is included in the private collections of David Byrne, Cindy Sherman, Chris Ofili, Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, among many others.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019
Of Other Spaces: Black Infinity, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco

2018
Outsider Art Fair, New York
Issue 3, Good Luck Gallery, Los Angeles
New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, Miami

2017
The Museum of Everything Presents, MONA, Australia
Everyday Visionaries, Target, New York
New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, Miami

2016
Duvel Moortgat Fund, MADmusée Liège, Belgium
New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, Miami
Home, 836M, San Francisco
After Pop Life, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, curated by Glen Helfand
Mapping Fictions, The Good Luck Gallery, Los Angeles
March Madness, Fort Gansevoort, New York
Looking Back: The 10th White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York, curated by Matthew Higgs
Outsider Art Fair, New York
Celebrating a Vision: Art and Disability, SFO Museum, San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco

2015
Extra Celestial, Crosstown Arts, Memphis, curated by Christopher Miner
New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, Miami
Vis-à-vis, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, curated by Michael Mahalchick
Outsider Art Fair, New York
D’Dessin Paris Contemporary Drawing Fair, Paris

2014
Outsider Art Fair, New York

2013
Outsider Artists, Oakland Museum of California at the Oakland International Airport, curated by Philip Linhares
The Alternative Guide to the Universe, Hayward Gallery, London, curated by Ralph Rugoff
New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, Miami
Cutlog Art Fair, New York
Cutlog Art Fair, Paris
Breaking Barriers, Marin Community Foundation, Novato
Drawing Now Art Fair, Paris
Outsider Art Fair, New York
Creative Growth, ParkLife Gallery, San Francisco

2012
Cutlog Art Fair, Paris
Outsider Art Fair, New York
Independent Art Fair, New York
New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, Miami
Creative Growth, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, curated by Amie Scally
John Hiltunen +1, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, curated by Matthew Higgs
Different and Special, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea
We The People, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space, curated by Allison Gingeras and Jonathan Horowitz

2011
Outsider Art Fair, New York
Create, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley
McGuire Furniture, San Francisco and New York
Exhibition #4, Museum of Everything, London
New Art Dealers Alliance Fair, Miami
Revealed, Galerie Drylewicz, Paris

2010
Outsider Art Fair, New York
Forces of Change, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland

2009
Outsider Art Fair, New York
The House The Cat Built, Galería Salvador Díaz, Madrid, curated by Rirkrit Tiravanija
Good Person, White Columns, New York

2008
Outsider Art Fair, New York
There! New Art from Oakland, Di Rosa Preserve, Napa
From One Revolution to Another: Carte Blanche to Jeremy Deller, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
William Scott, Galerie Impaire, Paris

2007
The San Francisco World’s Fair of 2007, California College of the Arts, Oakland
Cultural Centre de Werft, Geel, Belgium
Creative Growth, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York
Outsider Art Fair, New York

2006
Who Is An Outsider, San Francisco State University, San Francisco
New Art Dealers Association Fair, Miami
White Columns, New York, curated by Matthew Higgs
Visionary Output: Work by Creative Growth Artists, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco
Armory Exhibition, New York
Outsider Art Fair, New York

2005
Intuit Fair of Folk and Outsider Art, Chicago
Oakland International Airport Gallery, Oakland
Moss Gallery, New York
Leon Borensztein and His Friends: A Look At Creative Growth Artists and Their Work, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, curated by René de Guzman and Tom di Maria

2001
The Pretty Show, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York
Brut Love, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco

2000
The News Gallery, New York

1998
Error & Eros, American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore
Creative Glances, Creative Growth, Sun Gallery, Hayward

1996
Faces, McKesson Corporation, San Francisco
California Culinary Academy, San Francisco

1995
Flax, San Francisco

SELECTED PROJECTS

2019
For Freedoms billboard project in San Francisco and Newark, NJ

2017
William Scott: Painting Utopia, artist book, published by Creative Growth

2016
Zoetrope: All-Story, Fall 2016 Issue, guest designed by Creative Growth