John Scott

John Scott is one of Canada’s most prolific and respected artists. For the last 50 years, Scott has been creating his signature, raw-edge drawings that act as social commentary on the dark side of politics, war and human nature. Scott uses childlike motifs in an intelligent and witty manner, often repeating characters such as the Dark Commander and Terrified Bunny, who represent evil and vulnerability in the human condition. In addition to drawing, Scott is 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.


John Scott was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1950 and currently lives in Toronto. In 2000, Scott was awarded the inaugural Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts and Media. He has exhibited extensively across Canada for the past 40 years and 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.