“FOUND”, Provocative New Paintings by Michael Scott in His First Solo Show at David Richard Gallery, Opens April 25, 2014 in Santa Fe

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David Richard Gallery will present FOUND, an exhibition of all new radiant paintings on stainless steel by Michael Scott. This body of conceptual work explores the complex parallel roles of women in religion by focusing on the Virgin Mary and considering her multifaceted roles as mother, virgin and lover in a contemporary and multicultural context.

Michael Scott, Found, David Richard Gallery

Michael Scott, 444, 2013, Transparent Pigment On Stainless Steel, 60" x 48"

David Richard Gallery will present “FOUND”, the newest and most challenging body of work by Michael Scott in his first solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will be presented April 25 - June 7, 2014 with an opening reception on Friday, April 25, from 5:00-7:00 PM. A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Rinchen Lhamo will accompany the exhibition. There will be a gallery talk and discussion between Michael Scott and Lhamo exploring the visual imagery and inspiration for these new paintings on Saturday, April 26, from 2:00 - 3:30 PM at the gallery located on 544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, phone 505-983-9555, in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District.

The newest paintings by Michael Scott explore entirely different visual content and subject matter for the artist, the female figure in religion. More specifically, Scott probes the complex parallel roles of women by focusing on the Virgin Mary. Through montages of photographic images of religious iconography and contemporary women, he challenges the viewer to consider Mary beyond her role as the mother of God and religious Saint and contemplate her – and all women – in broader and more expansive roles as partner, lover, cultural icon and political figure. The radiance we associate with such iconography is achieved by printing the photographic images on stainless steel followed by a complex process of burnishing and over-painting – an all a new support, medium and process for Scott.

Michael Scott was born in the Midwest. He studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and received his MFA from University of Cincinnati in Ohio. However, his fascination for the west led him to Santa Fe where he currently lives and works. In his earlier work, Scott created elaborate conceptual narratives of the western US and for which he had numerous solo exhibitions in New York, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Kansas City and Corpus Christi among other cities. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions and the subject of many critical reviews, catalogues and publications. Scott’s artwork is included in many private and corporate collections as well as the permanent collections of The Corpus Christi Museum of Art, Texas, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown OH, Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana and the Autry National Center for Arts and Culture Los Angeles, CA among others.

David Richard Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Santa Fe, specializes in post-war abstract art including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, geometric and hard-edge painting, Op Art, Pop Art, Minimalism, Feminism and Conceptualism in a variety of media. Featuring both historic and contemporary artwork, the gallery represents many established artists who were part of important art historical movements and tendencies that occurred during the 1950s through the 1980s on both the east and west coasts. The gallery also represents artist estates, emerging artists and offers secondary market works.

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