Approved: 01.03.2012

Scott McCracken

Artist, Curator, Gallerist

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Approved: 01.03.2012

My work sustains itself through the core activity of painting, a self-generating practice where the research and the making not only run parallel but converge and coalesce. I am interested in the nature of pictorial representation and how painting, as a medium, practice and philosophy, has the capacity to refer to both its own materiality and to the illusory space depicted. Narrative is not of primary

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  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Curating, Exhibitions programme, Visual arts consultancy, Studio practice
  • Categories: Curatorial project, Drawing, Painting
 

Biography

My work sustains itself through the core activity of painting, a self-generating practice where the research and the making not only run parallel but converge and coalesce. I am interested in the nature of pictorial representation and how painting, as a medium, practice and philosophy, has the capacity to refer to both its own materiality and to the illusory space depicted. Narrative is not of primary concern, the paintings do not exist or function to be read and interpreted. The paintings are containers for a collection of marks, stains, patches and lumps; their arrangement on the surface should suggest a territory of speculation, history, process and chance.

The paintings vary from representation towards pure abstraction and present a continually shifting pictorial language. Objects and forms are suggested and these visual motifs act as pictorial anchors, providing a stability and recognition within the picture plane.  

As a practising artist and independent curator, I am actively engaged in the critical discourse of contemporary painting and have curated several exhibitions that focus on the discipline of painting. In 2013 I co-founded Interview Room 11 (IR11), an artist-run contemporary gallery and project space in Edinburgh. I am currently a member of the gallery committee and also a co-director. In 2014, I organised Paint Like You Mean It, an international painting prize and exhibition of shortlisted works and an accompanying catalogue publication.

I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 with a First Class BA Honours in Painting and in 2011 with a Masters of Fine Art in Painting with Distinction. In 2009 I was awarded George Jackson Hutchison Memorial Prize for outstanding painting and in 2013 a visual arts grant by Edinburgh City Council.  

Recent exhibitions include: Through Tomorrow's Eyes at Volcano229, Swansea; Beyond the Frame at The Park Gallery, Falkirk; No. 1:Paint at Blankspace, Manchester, Candid Berlin at the Universitat der Kunste Berlin in Berlin and Salontology at Embassy, Edinburgh. In 2015, I will feature in Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

2011 Master of Fine Art in Painting with Distinction, Edinburgh College of Art/University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

2009 Bachelor of Arts in Painting: First Class, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

Solo exhibitions

2015 We've Met Before Haven't We? Bargain Spot Project Space, Edinburgh

2015 No Ground, Andrew Grant Gallery, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Group exhibitions 

2015 Curious Artefacts, The Art Wall, Athens

2015 Supermarket, Stockholm

2015 Salontology, Embassy, Edinburgh

2013 WarmUp, Interview Room 11, Edinburgh

2012 BEEP: Through Tomorrow's Eyes, Volcano@229, Swansea, Wales

2012 Candid Berlin, Institut der Kunste Berlin , Berlin, Germany

2012 Candid Members Exhibition, Candid Arts Trust, London

2012 Houses, The Old Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh

2012 The Making Of It, The Old Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh

2011 Beyond the Frame, The Park Gallery, Falkirk

2011 Bi-degrees, Arts Complex, Edinburgh 2011 - Eleven: Printworks, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh

2011 Jungle City, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

2011 No. 1: Paint, Blankspace, Manchester, England

2011 Scratching the Surface , Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh

2011 VortexWall, Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh

2010 #, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

2010 QuoteMarks, Arts Complex, Edinburgh

2009 Young Contemporaries, Eastwood Park Gallery, Giffnock, Glasgow

2008 Null/Void, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

2007 Works On Paper, Chessel Gallery, Edinburgh

 

Competitions, prizes and awards

2013 Visual Arts Award, Edinburgh City Council

2012 Shortlisted for BEEP Wales International Contemporary Painting Prize 2012, Elysium Gallery/Volcano@229, Swansea, Wales

2011 Andrew Grant Travel Scholarship, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

2009 George Jackson Hutchison Memorial Prize for Outstanding Painting, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

Residencies

2015 Turps Art School, London

Workshops 

2011 Steven Campbell Masterclass with Bruce McLean, Steven Campbell Trust, Whitespace, Edinburgh Projects

2011 Elephant Family's Jungle City Project - Charity Art Project, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh