Scott Fife

Photo courtesy the Tacoma Art Museum

Photo courtesy the Tacoma Art Museum

“I like the physical nature of building the sculpture—it seems very old-fashioned and traditional. The idea of the material itself–it’s friendly, flexible, there’s a glow from in it. I’m the full-service artist—doing it all at the moment. I like the aspect of the low-tech tools that I need to make something like this. In the beginning [it was] an X-acto knife, masking tape and glue—now it’s the screw gun. So that hasn’t changed much at all—the directness of it, that I could begin to shape this, I can make this very plastic without any special process. There is that sense of one person building this thing—it becomes a “feat”—the whole thing isn’t about that but within the world we live in right now, it makes it a kind of tribal ritual piece; the fact that it was done by the human hand. [That] takes people back to the place in their life where they remember pasting things together [and so] understanding the process.”

Scott has been exhibiting his sculptures and drawings since 1976 in galleries in Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles and Vancouver, BC, and in museums including the Frye Museum (Seattle, WA), the Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA), the Boise Art Museum (Boise, ID), the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (Spokane, WA). The Missoula Art Museum (Missoula, MT) hosted a solo show of his work in the winter of 2010, and one of his sculptures was included in the Seattle Art Museum exhibition Kurt in the spring of 2010. The Tacoma Art Museum recently installed a bronze sculpture that the Museum commissioned Scott to create in cardboard which then was cast. Scott lives and works in Seattle.

SCULPTURES, DRAWINGS, PRINTS

 
 

ELVIS (1) 2009, archival cardboard, glue, screws, paint,
42 x 24 x 30 inches

 

ED KIENHOLZ (YOUNGER) 2008, archival cardboard, glue, screws and pigment, 26 x 18 x 21 inches

 

WER WULF 2007, archival cardboard, glue, screws,
25 x 25 x 34 inches 

 

PICASSO 2003, archival cardboard, glue, screws,
24 x 12 x 12 inches

JOHNNY CASH 2004, archival cardboard, glue, screws, 16 x 19 x 14 inches

 
 

JUN FAN (aka Bruce Lee) 2007, archival cardboard, glue, screws, 26 x 12 x 16 inches

 

LIONEL HAMPTON 2006, archival cardboard, glue,
screws and pigment, 19 x 17 x 12 inches

 

Young Fidel, 2006, archival cardboard, glue, screws,
25 x 16 x 16 inches

POLAR BEAR 2011, archival cardboard, glue, screws, 26 x 27 x 47 inches

GIANT PANDA PURPLE AND BLUE 2011, archival cardboard, glue, screws, 18 x 23 x 23 inches inches

 

T. REX (left) 2009, ink wash on paper, 120 x 72 inches
T. REX (right) 2009, archival cardboard, glue, screws, paint, 64H x 41W x 64D inches

 

JIM MORRISON 2006, ink wash on paper, 60 x 50 inches (approx), $3,800

 

YOUNG GRIZZLY #2 2011, ink wash on Okawara Japanese paper, 72 x 38 inches, $2,000

 

HUMMINGBIRD (pink) edition of 10, plus 2 T/Ps; one plate, 2 colors a la poupee with Sekishu chine-colle; approximately 25 x 19 inches printed from sugar lift, spitbite, and aqua tint plates. Each are hand torn.
Printed by Sheila Coppola, Sidereal Press, Seattle. 4 remaining, $2,400 each

HUMMINGBIRD (tan) edition of 8, plus two T/Ps; on Okawara Japanese handmade paper; one plate, 1 color; approximately 25 x 19 inches printed from sugar lift, spitbite, and aqua tint plates. Each are hand torn. 
Printed by Sheila Coppola, Sidereal Press, Seattle. 7 remaining, $1,800 each