JOHN SCOTT "WAGON" MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER, 1994
John Scott, who came to prominence in Toronto in the 1980's has one of the most distinctive aesthetics in contemporary Canadian art.
Influenced by both social activism and Rock'n'Roll, his body of work displays a combination of machismo, anxiety and rebellion.
There is a consistent tension between cartoon-like naiveté and blunt anarchism.
This work can easily be interpreted as vague figuration that approaches abstraction, not dissimilar to Philip Guston. On closer inspection, or recognition of the work's full title "Wagonload of People", it is hard to avoid the allusions to something more menacing like the Holocaust or genocide. This dichotomy or inherent ambiguousness is what makes Scott such a curious and successful artist.
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"Wagonload of People"
Black ink and mixed media on paper
Initialed and dated 94 by the artist.
Intentionally distressed paper
Very good condition