A self-taught artist, Scott’s practice imagines alternative realities that stem from a fundamental belief in the potential for positive human transformation. While deeply rooted in personal history, Scott’s paintings address wider questions of citizenship, community, and cultural memory. His portrait series of predominantly Black figures encompasses actors, musicians, politicians, and civil rights leaders, as well as self-portraits, family members, and women from the Baptist church he has attended since childhood. Frequently describing himself as an architect, Scott reinvents the social topography of gentrified San Francisco, which emerges as the utopian ‘Praise Frisco’ in works that combine architectural design with civic responsibility. The proposals for new buildings, neighborhoods, and community centers describe his compelling desire for a more equitable society. While Scott’s paintings are hopeful and sincere, they equally confront loss and contemplate ideas of renewal and rebirth. His long-standing ‘Inner Limits’ series takes the form of spaceships that are designed to resurrect the dead to start new lives and bring peace to the earth via ‘Wholesome Encounters.’ Exhibited for the first time at Independent, Scott’s most recent Inner Limits painting depicts timeless and fresh-faced passengers being guided by a young Diana Ross, to deliver a truly harmonious and diverse society.
Born in San Francisco in 1964, Scott has practiced at Creative Growth in Oakland, California since 1992. Scott has had solo exhibitions at White Columns, New York; Ortuzar Projects, New York; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery and the Museum of Everything, London; BAMPFA, Berkeley; White Columns, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, and Ricco Maresca, New York; and Gallery Paule Anglim, Minnesota Street Project, and Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; LACMA, Los Angeles; Oakland Museum of California; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Scott’s upcoming retrospective will open at Studio Voltaire in London in October 2021, and will travel to Malmö Konsthall, Sweden in 2022.
“William Scott is among the most important artists working today. His profoundly empathetic paintings should be in the permanent collections of every contemporary art museum.”
Artist Statement: Skyline Friendly Organization.
The Skyline Friendly Organization (SFO} is a spectacular spaceship that tours the world. Its mission it to promote peace on earth and good wholesome behavior across the planet. Within the SFO are a group called the Wholesome Close Encounter (WCE} who leave the spaceship to teach the people of the world humorous good behavior. SFO people will be replacing the bad aliens and the evil in the world today. (WCE} people will bring back the lives of those who died from Covid 19 and gun violence. The new humans will become wholesome, humorous, peacemakers building a better world for the 21st century. No more scary people, monsters, horrors. Evil aliens will be canceled in the future and replaced as (WCE}. SFO will become a new generation of science fictions humorous fantasies bringing a good and better world creating peace on earth. Within the SFO are three sexy ladies called Captain Planet Peace Makers (CPPM.} These friendly giant humorous peacemaker women are the younger Diana Ross of the Classic 70's, Sheila Queenzilla and Cleopatrazilla of Halle Berry.
Cleopatrazilla of Hall Berry (CHB) is the younger sexy rock-hard body version of Halle Berry. These skyline leaders are giant Science Professor Peacemakers making the world a good and better place for all the people of the world. The SFO's mission also is to do away with pollution, create clean air that is good for planet earth and promote heathy lives.
SFO has a ship called the Citizens Ship SFO'S of Inner Limits. Its purpose is to travel the universe looking for wholesome humorous space people. No evil aliens, monsters or scary stuff will be allowed on the ship. SFO is searching the universe for wholesome skyline people of Inner Limits.: Inner Limit people creates a good healthy peaceful environment with happy people, no sickness, no disabilities and no handicaps. Older people are coming back as younger people of the seventy's styles. New humans reborn as the new 20th century with peace on earth and only good things. The SFO is the magic spirit God that will raise up the dead who lost their lives' due to hate crime killings, covid 19 and heal the families of those who lost loved ones because of this bad behavior. Vivica A Fox is also a SFO leaders who works with the younger Rosie Perez and Martin Lawrence of Hollywood City. SFO people will become real wholesome creatures in the future.
William Scott will be reborn as Bill the Kid of basketball in the 1970's. November of 1972, San Francisco Hunters Point at14 Harbor Road, he was wrongfully playing with burners on the stove and his shirt accidently caught fire. This caused scaring on his upper torso. Williams knows he will be reborn in another life with no burn scares.
In another life William will become the Afro Kid with the Los Angeles Lakers Practice Team in the summer of 1973 during a trip to Los Angeles to assess his professional health. In 1974 he will be on the Joseph Lee Gym Basketball Team playing basketball as Billy the Kid wearing his afro hairstyle. He will attend the basketball camp of 1974 making lots of friends. William Scott is Mr. Bill the basketball star in the 1980s. He will be going to Rose Olivet Baptist Church in San Francisco on Bayshore Avenue to be with his friends.
Creative Growth is a nonprofit art studio for artists with disabilities, providing a professional environment for artistic development and representation. Founded in 1974, Creative Growth is a leader in the field of arts and disabilities, establishing a model for a creative atmosphere guided by the principle that all people gain fulfillment from the arts and are capable of producing work of great cultural merit. The Creative Growth studio in downtown Oakland, California is home to over 150 artists working in a variety of media. Facilitated by professional artists, the studio provides non-directive artistic support, museum-quality materials, and space to explore painting, drawing, ceramics, woodworking, fiber arts, printmaking, and digital media. The gallery exhibits and represents artwork created by artists at Creative Growth, securing a place for their work in major collections and institutions while cultivating world-wide renown.
William Scott Book: Painting Utopia
Painting Utopia is a retrospective of William Scott's career and creative process. William is a long-standing and treasured artist at Creative Growth and has spent the past 25 years developing a meticulous drawing and painting style that explores an alternative past, present, and future.
This publication is the first in a series of small books highlighting notable Creative Growth artists and activities.
Paperback with French Fold cover
5.5 x 7 inches
Published by Creative Growth