Richard T. Scott

Richard T Scott

The Sophist Oil on Linen, 17" x 20", Painting by Richard T Scott
Born 1980
Stone Mountain, GA, United States
Nationality American
Education New York Academy of Art, Odd Nerdrum
Known for Painting, Numismatics
Patron(s) Morad El Hattab, Alan Howarth, Baron Howarth of Newport and Richard Epes , Robert C. Kennedy Ph.D

Richard T. Scott (born 1980) is an American figurative painter and writer working in New York and Paris, France. He is a member of the Artistic Infusion Program: one of nineteen artists and illustrators contracted to design coins for the United States Mint.[1] In 2016, Scott was inducted as an associate living master by the Art Renewal Center.

His contributions as a writer and aesthetic theorist have also been noted in realist circles. He is a contributing author to The Nerdrum School, a collection of paintings and essays by students of Odd Nerdrum.[2][3] Scott spoke at the 2014 Representational Art Conference (TRAC)[4] and participated in discussion panels on Post Contemporary Art at the New Britain Museum of American Art and other panels with Donald Kuspit, and Vincent Desiderio.[5] Scott is a proponent of an alternative philosophical superstructure for figurative painting, which he calls a Post-contemporary paradigm, separate from that of the Contemporary Art world.[6]

Along with Helene Knoop and Jan-Ove Tuv, Scott is one of the most vocal members of The Kitsch Movement.


Scott was born in Stone Mountain, Georgia in 1980 to a working-class family. He witnessed in first person the Heritage High School shooting on May 20, 1999, which profoundly influenced a later body of work. He later said of that experience that it had crystallized his perspective that his calling was to be an artist.[7]

He pursued a BFA in painting in the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia where he studied with Margaret Morrison and Joseph Norman, followed by an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art, where he studied notably, with Vincent Desiderio, Steven Assael, and Edward Schmidt. After graduation he worked for two years as a painter for Jeff Koons, then three years as a studio assistant to Odd Nerdrum in Norway and Paris, France. Scott began work for the United States Mint in 2014.


Scott is known for his emotionally charged and often unsettling classical paintings, which hover on the border between realism, magical realism, romanticism, and often concern philosophical questions and alternative parallel narratives to biblical stories, myths, and literature. Combining skills and techniques from the Old Masters with philosophy - Post-contemporary or Reconstructivism, Scott's figurative work involves a synthesis of narrative and iconic symbolism and draws upon memories, dreams, and reality.

"I'm interested in ambiguity because it allows the viewer to enter the piece and bring their own subjective life experiences... For me a great painting must have both intellectual content and an emotional content, because that is what seduces the viewer into the work and makes the intellectual content available... I'm searching for a content that transcends my own personal experience, something that reaches for a more universal human experience, something that people can identify with in their own lives."[8]

Other appearances

Scott has acted in several films directed by Odd Nerdrum as well as an extra in the 1999 film The Price of a Broken Heart. Scott appears as a character in Exodus, a memoir by NY Times best-selling author Deborah Feldman.[9] He appeared in American Painting Video Magazine, in podcast via the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Center,[10] and Radio France International.[11] Also, from his own studio Scott gave a video interview named Artist Spotlight in which he discusses philosophical aspects of visual art modalities.[12]


In addition to many magazines, Scott's work has been included multiple books, including: Kitsch More than Art,[13] The Nerdrum School, and Lessons in Classical Painting.[14]

Political activism

Scott has made a stance against internet censorship, and as an advocate for internet freedom. In 2010, Scott told the New York Times that Facebook (contrary to their official policies[15]) was censoring classical paintings of nudes, which had been deleted from the accounts of many painters as well as established institutions such as the New York Academy of Art.[16] Facebook made an official apology, and altered their automated systems for dealing with complaints.

In 2011, Scott collaborated with other American realists such as Nelson Shanks, Daniel Graves, Alexey Steele, and American Artist Magazine[17] to mount a defense for Odd Nerdrum during the 2011 tax evasion scandal.[18][19] (Also see Odd Nerdrum for more information.)



Scott's work is influenced by Rembrandt, Hammershoi, Vermeer, and late Goya. Though the signs of his studies with Odd Nerdrum are clearly evident, Scott's work equally exhibits the influences of Andrew Wyeth and Antonio López García.


"Whether it is in his portraits, his compositions, or either still in his interiors, Richard T. Scott always tries to produce, on his spectators, a certain effect of strangeness, or at least, something like a feeling of longing. That's why, maybe, his compositions are populated for the greater part with mirrors in which appear, not simply beings just like those who face us - but of real spectres having the function to destabilize our glance while giving the fourth dimension for us to see."[20] - Frédéric Charles Baitinger.

"Richard T. Scott sees our epoch with the eyes of Rembrandt - an attitude nearly revolutionary on the scene of contemporary art." - Grégory Picard.

"Time and release of learned expectations gradually dissolve and what grows before our eyes is beauty. No lessons, no secondary statements, no parody or shaking of the fist against the angst of the world. Just beauty, asking us to experience it."[21] - Grady Harp.



The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Georgia Museum of Art, The Museu Europeu d'Art Modern , The Museum of Contemporary Art Sicily Palazzo Riso, former British Arts Minister Alan Howarth, Baron Howarth of Newport, Austrian Embassy in Oslo, Dr. Richard Epes, Prince Morad El Hattab, The Museum of Realist Art: Boston, MA , Robert C. Kennedy Ph.D.

See also


  1. Coin World, May 22, 2014.
  2. [The Nerdrum School] Huffington Post
  3. [The Nerdrum School] Orfeus Publishing, Nov 2013.
  4. "The Nude in Contemporary Art" [The Great Nude Invitational], June 2010.
  5. Michael Klein , [American Painting Video Magazine] Volume II, Winter 2012.
  6. [American Arts Quarterly] Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center, Summer 2014
  7. Susan Owensby "Does the Mirror Lie?", Radio France International, Paris, Oct. 2011.
  8. New York Times, May 9th, 2014
  9. Newington-Cropsey Foundation
  10. Radio France International, Oct 1st, 2011.
  11. "Richard T Scott - Artist Spotlight". Retrieved June 30, 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  12. [Kitsch: More than Art] Schibsted Forlag, September 30, 2011
  13. [Lessons in Classical Painting] Watson-Guptill, July 26, 2016
  14. John Seed "When is a nude OK on Facebook?"Huffington Post 5/24/2010.
  15. Miguel Helft The New York Times, Feb 2011.
  16. American Artist Magazine website.
  17. Allison Malafronte "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 22, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2012. "The Nerdrum Affair", [American Artist Magazine], Jan-Feb 2012.
  18. Robin Pogrebin New York Times, Aug 2011.
  19. Frédéric Charles Baitinger "Le Silence de L’esprit", [Artension], Paris, 25 April 2011.
  20. Grady Harp [PoetsArtists Magazine] Sept 2012.
  21. Nic Occhiminuti "Back from Art Paris", April 19, 2011.
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