Scott Hutchison

September 2 – October 2, 2016


I was twelve when I first saw Francis Bacon’s Study after Velasquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X at the Des Moines Art center. After thirty years I still see his influence on my work. My figurative work like Bacon’s are often solitary and displayed in a series. Our compositions are both haunting and distorted; influenced by the progression of time and the motion of the figure. The visual representation of movement and time’s effect on the human form is vital to my work. In my paintings I distort time by overlapping various moments together in one composition.
I use a combination of photography, digital collage, animation and projections to create multifaceted figures that appear to move and animate. One composition may consist of four or five different poses and time frames. Overlapping echoes – a figure may merge into another or become a haunting monstrous abstraction – appearing to be trapped between an important decision and a solitary disquieting moment. I describe the figures as complex layers of half-truths, fading and emerging from displaced time and space. Inspiration for my work comes from the notion that our conscience is guided by our experiences and the limitless decisions we make each day. The paintings in this show are a visual representation of those decisions.What you see is a human form collaged together from separate time frames and reassembled to create a portrait outside of measurable reality.

Scott Hutchison 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 currently resides in the DC metro area; teaching painting and drawing at Georgetown University and at The Art League. His artwork has been featured in a variety of venues. Most recently his drawings were selected for “Drawing: The Art of Seeing” at The Atlantic Gallery in New York City and “Perspective: Fresh Look at Contemporary Painting and Drawing” at The Hillyer Arts Space in Washington DC. Highlights from his solo exhibition record include: “In Motion”, at Red House Art Center, Syracuse, NY and “In Sequence” at the Blackrock Center for the Arts in Germantown Maryland.