was born in Indianola, Iowa and received his BFA in 1995 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and an MFA in painting from The George Washington University in 1999. He is an Associate Professor of Practice in painting and drawing at Georgetown University in Washington DC and currently resides in Arlington, Virginia where he works out of his home studio.
His artwork has been featured in a variety of venues regionally and nationally. Most recently, his work was accepted for display in the upcoming mid-Atlantic region’s biannual, Strictly Painting 12 at the McLean Project for the Arts in McLean Virginia and in Painting the Figure Now at The Zhou B Art Center in Chicago. As well as in Headcount at the Endeavor RVA in Richmond Virginia, Fun House, The Art of the Surreal, Fantastic and Bizarre at The Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie NY, and Drawing: The Art of Seeing at The Atlantic Gallery in New York City. Highlights from his solo exhibition record include: Hybrids – Paintings by Scott Hutchison at Spagnuolo South, Georgetown University in Washington DC (2018) Synchronicity – Paintings by Scott Hutchison, at The Hillyer Arts Space in Washington DC (2016) and In Sequence, at the Blackrock Center for the Arts in Germantown Maryland (2014), In 2018, Scott received the highly competitive Strauss Artist Grant from Virginia’s Fairfax County Arts Council in acknowledgment of his artistic accomplishments.
My paintings and drawings are comprised of overlapping figures stitched together in one composition. They are multifaceted, abstracted, and meant to evoke the idea that our identity is in flux. Though we are singular beings, our psyche is not. We are molded in part by time and our life experiences.
The subjects in my paintings personify the 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 my work can be seen as a journal entry, the manifestation of a deep concern for place and purpose in this world. I reassign 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, I am fully aware that I am seeking answers to a larger question: Are we in control of what defines us as individuals, or are we a product of our culture and our experiences? My art is meant to tug at the viewer and suggest that there is more to the material world. Each piece is intentionally shrouded in mystery, letting the viewer interpret its multitude of meanings.