John Scott (1950 - 2022) was one of Canada’s most legendary and respected artists. For over 50 years, he created raw-edge drawings that acted as social commentary on the dark side of politics, war and human nature. In addition to drawing, Scott was renowned for his machine-hybrid sculptures. His Trans-Am Apocalypse, 1993, is a black-painted Pontiac Trans-Am with the Bible’s Book of Revelations etched into its surface.


Scott was born in Windsor and lived in Toronto, teaching at OCAD University for 38 years. In 2000, Scott was awarded the inaugural Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts and Media. He exhibited extensively across Canada for 40 years and his work is in the collections of many major institutions in Canada and the United States including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Grinnell College Museum of Art, Iowa. In 2014, Scott had his first major travelling survey exhibition in the United States at the Grinnell College Museum of Art.