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Scott Radke

United States


Scott Radke
Scott Radke
United States
August 29, 2017
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Cleveland-based artist Scott Radke has spent the last 20 years of his life creating bizarre artworks coming straight out of his subconscious imagery. Despite the gnarled hands, corpse-colored skin and sunken eyes of his creations, Radke claims his creatures come in peace. Scott initially started by making sand sculptures on the shores of Lake Erie, then sidewalk drawings at festivals, large-scale murals around his neighborhood, masks for choreographed dances and incredibly coveted marionettes – he is now primarily interested in sculpting animal-human hybrids and burlap-formed creatures of all sorts.

Scott Radke - Bird / The Witch
Scott Radke – Bird / The Witch

A Key Change of Focus at the Right Time

Scott Radke was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up in the nearby suburb of Strongsville. Starting from a very early age, Radke has experimented with various media throughout his life. In the year of 1999, the popularity of his marionettes allowed Radke to leave his mind-numbing job at a bed-frame factory and start pursuing his creative passion on a full-time basis. After a while, all of the experiences listed in the first paragraph gloriously collided in what turned out to be the creative peak of Scott’s career, still a centerpiece of his career. He currently focuses on the creation of sculptural hybrid creatures with an extraordinarily innocent, yet dark style. These creatures seem to be directly ripped from Scott’s imagination that serves the role of the creations’ home, a unique and dark universe where all manner of beings exist until they are pulled into our world.

Scott Radke - Marionettes
Scott Radke – Marionettes

Sharing the Serenity

Radke currently lives and works in Clevland with his wife, their daughter, four cats and numerous goldfish. It is there that Scott prefers to bring his caterpillar people and bodiless, baby-cheeked creatures to life. Interestingly, Scott had a lot of trouble with anxiety and panic attacks in his earlier life – he believes that the process of breathing life into his creations is what helped him overcome his personal problems. They allowed him to live in a state of serenity and Radke aims to return the favor by giving the same sense of tranquility and contentedness to his soulful-eyed sculptures.

Although they often seem frightening, the creatures Scott Radke bring to life originate from a very composed and tranquil world of their author’s imagination

Scott Radke - Bats! (print) / Owl (print)
Scott Radke – Bats! (print) / Owl (print)

The Future of Radke’s Creatures

So far, Radke’s artwork has found its way into numerous private collections around the world and it has appeared in a number of music videos and films, most notably the cameo appearance made in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland. These creations, emerging from their author’s tiny studio, represent a unique body of work that is a result of a highly original imagination and a lifetime of dedication. And, judging by the way his work has been developing recently and by its rise in popularity, we expect to see Scott Radke’s creatures make a lot more noise both in the world of art and entertainment.

Scott Radke lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio, the United States.

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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014La Familia 10 Yearsof ThinkpsaceThinkspace Gallery- Culver City, CA -Group
2014Conjoined VCoproGallery -Santa Monica, CA -Group
2014Frozen in TimerGood Goat Gallery- Cleveland OH -Group
2014Monstrum Gallery ShowrGallery Provocateur- Chicago IL -Group
2014Roadside AttractionsCoproGallery-Santa Monica, CA -Group
2014WildernessAguste Clown Gallery- Aictoria Australia -Group
2013Mad HattersFlower Peper Gallery- Pas. CA Group
20139th annual Art fro Animals benefitSmARTspace -Cleveland OHGroup
2013InterfaceStranger Factory- Albuquerque, NMGroup
2013Conjoined III the Final ChapeterCoproGallery -Santa Monica, CA Group
2012Then and NowLoren Naji Gallery - Cleveland, OH Group
2012Painted SoundFlower Peper Gallery- Pas. CA Group
2012Conjoined in IICoproGallery -Santa Monica, CA Group
2012Urban DecayWorkhouse Art Center- VAGroup
2011BurlapThinkspace Gallery- Culver City, CA Solo
2011Conjoined in 3doproGallery -Santa Monica, CA Group
20115th Anniversary ShowThinkspace Gallery -Culver City, CAGroup
2011Creeping Out the Doll HouseSouthern Ohio Museum Portsmouth, OH Group
2010Picks of the HarvestThinkspace Gallery Culver City, CAGroup
20107 Year ItchAnniversary Group Exhibition, Strychnin Gallery- LondonGroup
2009Art FairAqua Art Miami- Miami, FlGroup
2009A Cry for HelpThinkspace Gallery- Los Angeles, CA Group
2009Beach Blanket Bingo Jonathan LeVine Gallery- New York, NY Group
2009BrigadeSteve Brown Gallery- Cleveland, OH Group
2009Movers and Shakers POVevolving Gallery- Los Angeles, CA Group
2008The Vivisect Playset FiveGallery 1988- San Franacisco, CAGroup
2008Pins and Needles Thinkspace Gallery- Los Angeles, CAGroup
2008Kings and Queens and Childhood DreamsStrychnin Gallery- London Group
2006BMG Artist's AnnualMRKT Gallery-Culver City, CAGroup
2006Blonde Bombshells M Modern Gallery-Palm Springs, CAGroup
2006Silent Companions Strychnin Gallery-Berlin, GermanyGroup
2005Save Benefit Hollywood Athletic Club-Hollywood, CAGroup
2004My Way a tribute to the Rat PackM Modern Gallery-Palm Springs, CA Group
2004Things with WingsM Modern Gallery-Palm Springs, CA Group
2004Tree Trimmings the Ornament ShowTrack 16 Gallery at Bergamont Station-Santa Monica, CA Group
2004Ghost TownTin Man Alley-Philidelphia, PA Group
2004Big Men in Little CarsTin Man Alley-Philidelphia, PA Group
2002New Works by Scott Radke 2nd Anniversary Show doubting thomas gallery-Cleveland, OHSolo
200048 Hours of Making Art,B.K. Smith Gallery- Painseville, OHGroup
2000Solo exhibitionAllegro-Cleveland, OHSolo
2000Sculptography Studio 615-Cleveland, OHSolo