Scott Musgrove is an American artist best known for his imaginary zoology he creates using wood, bronze, oil paint, watercolors, ink and pencil.
Scott was born in 1966 and he earned his BFA in illustration and painting from Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. After that, Musgrove was settled in Seattle where he earned his living drawing comic books for Fantagraphics Books and Dark Horse Comics. His next stop was Los Angeles where he worked on TV series titled Fat Dog Mendoza for Cartoon Network Europe, Sony Wonder and Sunbrow Entertainment.
After a while, Scott went back to Seattle in order to devote all of his time to illustration and painting. Very soon, Musgrove created a name in an art world by presenting his strong imagination through depicting extinct animal species in a wild worlds they inhabited. This incredible zoology was accompanied by his artistic expertise in executing artworks in oil. Scott’s technical proficiency and fantastical creativity managed to blend in a bizarre worlds of comic books characters in surreal landscapes he creates. But, this artist does not stop on canvas. In his studio, Scott recreated all the species of animals he painted – in sculptures, in wood or bronze.
Musgrove published a postcard set titled How is the Empire as well as the book The Late Fauna of Early North America where he presented previously undiscovered animals in a dedicated and scientifically un-approved practice of zoological impressionism.
As his main source of inspiration and influence, Scott names Carlos Crivelli, Jan Van Eyck, Hieronymus Bosch, Donald Roller Wilson, Botero and Odd Nerdrum.
Musgrove is represented by Jonathan LeVine Gallery from New York.
Featured image: Scott Musgrove – The Last Good Man (detail) – photo by Ransom & Mitchell, 2012
Other images copyright © the artist
|2012||Fame: I’m Going to Live Forever||Dorothy Circus Gallery. Rome, Italy||Solo|
|2010||How Is The Empire?||Jonathan LeVine Gallery. New York, NY||Solo|
|2010||Five Year Anniversary Show||Jonathan LeVine Gallery. New York, NY||Group|
|2009||Chimera||Curated by David Hunt. Scope Miami International Art Fair. Soho Studios. Miami, FL||Group|
|2009||In The Land of Retinal Delights||The Juxtapoz Factor. Laguna Art Museum. Laguna, CA||Group|
|2008||Late Fauna of Early North America||Billy Shire Fine Arts. Los Angeles, CA||Solo|
|2007||Three person show (with Brian Despain and Ryan Heshka)||Roq la Rue. Seattle, WA||Group|
|2006||Little Creatures||Lineage Gallery. Philadelphia, PA||Solo|
|2005||Group exhibition||Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery. Pasadena, CA||Group|
|2005||Natural Alchemy||Jonathan LeVine Gallery. New York, NY||Solo|
|2005||Pop Pluralism||Jonathan LeVine Gallery. New York, NY||Group|
|2004||Now We Are Six||Roq La Rue. Seattle, WA||Group|
|2004||Ghost Town||Tin Man Alley Gallery. Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2004||Big Men in Little Cars||Tin Man Alley Gallery. Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2004||Specious Beasts||La Luz de Jesus. Los Angeles, CA||Solo|
|2003||Accidental Taxidermist||Tin Man Alley Gallery. Philadelphia, PA||Solo|
|2003||Group Exhibition||La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2002||Group Exhibition||Roq la Rue Gallery. Seattle, WA||Group|
|1998||Eight Painters||111 Minna Gallery. San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2010||How Is The Empire?||Jonathan LeVine Gallery. New York, NY||Group|
|2008||Late Fauna of Early North America||Billy Shire Fine Arts. Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2006||Little Creatures||Lineage Gallery. Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2005||Natural Alchemy||Jonathan LeVine Gallery. New York, NY||Group|
|2004||Specious Beasts||La Luz de Jesus. Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2003||Accidental Taxidermist||Tin Man Alley Gallery. Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2002||Late Fauna of Early North America||La Luz de Jesus. Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2002||Late Fauna of Early North America||La Luz de Jesus. Los Angeles, CA||Solo|
|1998||Group Exhibition||Roq La Rue. Seattle, WA||Group|
|1998||Scott Musgrove||Roq La Rue, Seattle, WA||Solo|