Storm's Coming

John Tarrell Scott

John Tarrell Scott (1940-2007), 'Storm's Coming', woodcut, 1992, edition 9. Signed, dated, titled, and numbered '3/9' in pencil. A fine, black impression, on off-white, laid Japan paper, with full margins (1 1/4 to 1 5/8 inches), in excellent condition. Scarce.

John Tarrell Scott is best known for his monumental woodcuts and for his African-Caribbean-New Orleans-inspired kinetic sculptures. Born on a farm in Gentilly, a historic section of New Orleans, Louisiana, his family moved to the Lower Ninth Ward when he was seven years old. His father was a chauffeur and restaurant cook, and he said his art training began at home, where he learned embroidery from his mother.

Scott studied art at Michigan State University and Xavier University of New Orleans, where he later taught art for over 40 years. During the summer of 1983, he received a grant to study in New York under the internationally acclaimed sculptor George Rickey. Since 1965 John Scott has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. He received an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Michigan State University in 1995 and a Doctor of Humanities from Tulane University in 1997. In 1992, Scott received the prestigious “Genius Grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for his creativity as one of the nation’s most innovative artists. In 2005, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) recognized his contribution to American art in a major retrospective, 'Circle Dance: The Art of John T. Scott'.

Scott’s work was featured with that of Ed Clark, Eugene J. Martin, in the exhibition 'Beyond Black' at the LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA, January 28 - May 8, 2011. The Mckenna Museum of African-American Art in New Orleans hosted a tribute exhibition of Scott's work in 2014.

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9 x 6 inches