Scott Conarroe - Canola Train, Manitoba, detail (By Rail series), 2008

Scott Conarroe

Canada 1974


Scott Conarroe
Scott Conarroe
October 31, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Scott Conarroe is a Canadian artist best known for his picturesque photographs of landscapes and the built environment. He practices long exposure photography.

Conarroe was born in 1974 in Edmonton, Canada. He received a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Scott also earned a MFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Conarroe’s so called social landscape photographs combine, and in a very sophisticated way, romantic pictorial traditions with contemporary photography’s discourse. He usually creates large-format studies in a long exposure photography, using its possibility to capture more than just one moment in time.

China’s massive rail expansion

Scott Conarroe - Piling, Shangrao Jianxi, detail 2012
Scott Conarroe – Piling, Shangrao Jianxi, detail 2012

The themes of his artworks are mostly landscapes but contemporary industrial and transportation infrastructures as well: North America’s rail infrastructure and coastal perimeter, or China’s massive rail expansion, and even the borders of Alps – divided in response to glacial melting.

Scott’s widely known series of photographs titled By Sea (2009–11) and By Rail (2007–09) were made during his long trips across North America where he documented railroad and a coastlines.

By Sea Series

Scott Conarroe - Boaters, Kalamalka Lake, detail (By Sea series), 2008
Scott Conarroe – Boaters, Kalamalka Lake, detail (By Sea series), 2008

By Sea and By Rail artworks look as if they were meant to serve as a remarkable testament to the railway’s long gone glory days but also to the future potential to unify urban and rural parts. The certain silent tension between massive public projects and everyday human existence is also documented in his photos. The incredible scale of modern infrastructures that he captures is always followed by their permanent but subliminal presence in the everyday of the societies they serve to.

In 2013, Scott Conarroe received a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Bank of Montreal. Scott’s first monograph titled By Rail and By Sea is published by Black Dog Publishing.

The artist is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery, in Toronto.

Scott Conarroe lives and works in Keremeos in British Columbia.

Featured image: Scott Conarroe – Canola Train, Manitoba, detail (By Rail series), 2008
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YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
20162 person show with Vittorio SellaPhotographica FineArt, Lugano CHDuo
2016Scott ConarroeStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto CASolo
2015Group showAnnenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles USGroup
2015Scott ConarroeRyerson Image Centre, Toronto CASolo
2014Scott ConarroeUniversitat Jaume I de Castellón, Morello ESSolo
2014Scott ConarroeStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto CASolo
2013Scott ConarroeMcIntosh Gallery, London CASolo
2013Scott ConarroePearson International Airport, Toronto CASolo
2013Scott ConarroeBiblioteca Vila Real, Vila Real ESSolo
2013Group showSomerset House, London UKGroup
2012Group showNew Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe USGroup
2011Scott ConarroeVU, Quebec City CASolo
2011Scott ConarroeStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto CASolo
2011Scott ConarroeVarley Art Gallery, Markham CASolo
2010Scott ConarroeMSVU Art Gallery, Halifax CASolo
2010CGroup showlark / Oshin Gallery, Los Angeles USGroup
2010Group showCanadian World Expo Pavilion, Shanghai CNGroup
2010Group showMuseum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto CAGroup
2009Group showMuseum London, London CAGroup
2009Group showLishui Photographic Culture Festival, Lishui CNGroup
2009Scott ConarroeArt Gallery of Windsor, Windsor CASolo
2009Scott ConarroeStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto CASolo
2008Group showArt Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton CAGroup
2008Group showOpen Space, Victoria CAGroup
2008Group showK/WAG, Kitchener CAGroup
2008Group showAce Art Inc, Winnipeg CAGroup
2008Group showArt Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halfax CAGroup
2007Group showLa ESQUINA, Kansas City USGroup
2007Group showWhite Flag Projects, St Louis USGroup
2007Group showProyectos Monclava, Mexico City MXGroup
2007Scott ConarroeGallery Stratford, Stratford CASolo
2007Scott ConarroeMichael Gibson Gallery, London CASolo
2005Scott ConarroePhoto Passage, Toronto CASolo
2005Scott ConarroeAnna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax CASolo
2002Scott ConarroeSTATE Gallery, Vancouver CASolo