Scott Teplin

United States 1972

Illustration, Drawing

Scott Teplin
Scott Teplin
United States
November 29, 2014

Scott Teplin is an American artist born in 1972. His education he got at the University of Washington, Seattle where he received his M.F.A. and at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he received his B.S. Teplin is an obsessive drawer known for creating meticulously rendered drawings in which real world objects morph into a fantastical amalgamation of discordant forms, shapes, and colors. One of his series of drawings is made from collages of found photographs of horrifying crash scenes,  that he then redrew until the hard metal lines were transformed into softer shapes that more closely resemble organic objects. Ultimately about control, the pieces present an alternate interpretation of actual events, one in which documentation is transformed and transmuted to create a new reality that is as whimsical as it is disconcerting. About his preferred choice of color he states: “I’m a little crazy about my work being archival. I almost always use watercolor on paper for color – so I only use professional colors with real pigments as opposed to hues. Any art on paper is already going to have fugitive qualities – so I figure it’s the least I can do.” Teplin works both digitally and non-digitally, but doesn’t use any software or other method of digital processing, for making changes to his art. He says that his art is made to be shown “as is”, “live”. Digital methods he uses, as he says, are only to show the hand drawn art online.  When asked about post-processing on a computer, and if a computer is a helpful tool for making art, in an interview, Teplin said: “I usually don’t like digital stuff. It’s too sterile. Sometimes it works perfectly though – like when coloring hand drawn comics. Specifically in the works of Brunetti, Ware and Clowes.”

In addition to his solo shows in New York and Paris, he has exhibited extensively in and outside of the United States. Teplin’s art has appeared in or been reviewed by The New York Times, The New Yorker, ARTFORUM, and Art in America, among many other publications.  Numerous private and institutional collections hold his work, including The New Museum, NYC, Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, Walker Art Center, Museum of Modern Art, NY and MOMA, SF, New York Public Library, Stanford University, and Yale University. He recently completed a major commission from Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital.  His children’s book The Clock Without a Face is being adapted into a major motion picture through Paramount Pictures/Montecito Films.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013Greasy SinkerRYAN-LEE Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2013WhiplashSeven Arts Gallery, Ridgefield, CTSolo
2011CRASHG Gallery, Houston, TXSolo
2010Ternkey TowersAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2008AlphavilleAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2007Heavy Waterg-module, Paris, FranceSolo
2004One StoryAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2003MoronJessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2003LubriciousDiverseWorks, Houston, TXSolo
2002TenantAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2001KippleJessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn, NYSolo
1999Satellite NotationHoward House, Seattle, WASolo
20141st 20 YearsAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2014CHILLED AIRThink Tank Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2014The IntuitionistThe Drawing Center, New York, NYGroup
2014Biological CanvasFort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, INGroup
2013ThanksLu Magnus Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013Bound and-or Stapled (or not)Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL Group
2013Beck Song ReaderFamily Books, Los Angeles, CA Group
2012LocationsAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012Winter Group ShowFFDG, San Francisco CAGroup
2012FICTION - NON-FICTIONAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012Artists Books, Books by ArtistsBoston Athenaeum, Boston, MAGroup
2011The Living RoomField Projects, New York, NYGroup
2011McSweeney's McMullensElectric Works, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Post It Show 7Giant Robot 2, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011SweetsPavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2011Das Alphabet von A bis ZMewo Kunsthalle, Memmingen, GermanyGroup
2011The Peterson CollectionNew York Academy of Art, New York, NYGroup
2010Marymount Manhattan CollegeHewitt Gallery of Art, New York, NYGroup
2010Bauhaus CommutersBauhaus University, Weimar, GermanyGroup
2010A READER'S ARTSusan Hensel Gallery, Minneapolis, MGroup
2009Story LinesAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009Summer ShowPorter Butts Gallery, Madison, WIGroup
2009BEASTS!Giant Robot, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008The Brand New DealCaren Golden Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2008Ultra-Concentrated JoyNew York Academy of Art, New York, NYGroup
2008Aldrich UndercoverAldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CTGroup
2008RoadworksAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008Works on PaperDFN Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008Flicker FusionD!verseWorks, Houston, TXGroup
2008ONLINEAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008Drawing on the EdgeAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2007I'd rather Be DrawingDennis Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MGroup
2007Drawing III (Selected)g-module Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2006Survival of the FittestHarmony Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006Fine LineAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NYGroup
200610th National Drawing InvitationalArk. Art Center, Little Rock, ARGroup
2005Words in PicturesAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2005Erotic DrawingsThe Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CTGroup
2005New American Story ArtEyewash@Parker's Box, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2004First HappinessUniv. of Albany Art Museum, Albany, NYGroup
2004Three person showMixture Contemporary Art, Houston, TXGroup
2004Summer WatercolorDFN Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2004Altoids Collection 2003The New Museum, NYCGroup
2003WordWorksAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2003Sweet ToothMixture Gallery, Houston, TXGroup
2003Curator's ChoiceProgressive Insurance, Cleveland, OHGroup
2002Selections AnniversaryThe Drawing Center, New York, NYGroup
2002GrottoJessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2002Rare Books of the FutureCenter for Book Arts, New York, NYGroup
2002Double VisionAdam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2001Works on PaperBucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2001AnimationsP.S.1, Long Island City, NYGroup
2001Made in TransitThe Vacancy Gallery, Bronx, NYGroup
2001Artists in the MarketplaceThe Bronx Museum, Bronx, NYGroup
2001Winter Selections 2001The Drawing Center, New York, NYGroup
2001Books by ArtistsNicole Klagsbrun, New York, NYGroup
2000Greater New YorkP.S.1, Long Island City, NYGroup
2000Blurring the LineRARE Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2000This is BooklandLong Island University, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2000Artists BooksBrooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2000Sight-InsightThe New York Public Library, New York, NYGroup
1999MFA Thesis ExhibitionHenry Art Museum, Seattle, WAGroup
1998Bound and Unbound Vol. IIAlysia Druckler Gallery, Portland, ORGroup