Photo: Scott McCracken in Edinburgh, Scotland

Scott McCracken

Artist, Curator, Gallerist

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.

Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Activities Practice-based research, Curating, Exhibitions programme, Visual arts consultancy, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Curatorial project, Drawing, Painting