Scott Mossman

Born in Omaha, NE

Lives & works in Chicago, IL


A native of Omaha, Nebraska with a penchant for the violin, Mossman earned bachelor's degrees in Journalism, art history and fine arts and moved to Chicago in the peak of the post-modern era where he earned an MFA in painting and sculpture under the tutelage of Rod Carswell, Martin Puryear and many of the other visionaries that taught at the University of Illinois at the time. Though quite active exhibiting throughout the country before graduation (Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art-NY, Alexandria Museum of Art-LA, and the Joslyn Art Museum Biennial- NE), upon graduation Mossman began exhibiting with Nancy Lurie and was part of several pivotal exhibitions ("Crisp and Clean: and "On Paper" at the Hyde Park Art Center and Three Views of Abstraction at the UIMA) and shortly after was one of 18 artists in a touring exhibition "Primarily Paint" organized by the Texas Fine Arts Association. Most recently, Mossman's paintings and sculpture have exhibited nose-to-nose in numerous one-person shows at the Noyes Center in Evanston, The University Club, Heaven Gallery, and Ignition Project Space on Chicago's near west side.

Though quite different visually, Mossman's decidedly post-minimalist sculpture and maximalist painting (though both quite painterly) share an emphasis on relationships - formal and contextual.  In his 3D work, his architecturally-influenced forms, flavored by trips to Asia (China, Japan and Tibet) and Europe as well as a passion for pre-gothic and early modernist forms (Corbusier, Loos and Wright) comment on the creation and purpose of sculpture and its relationship to architectural forms in a space and other objects (security alarms, hand dryers, heating and cooling units) that inhabit a space.

Informed primarily by museums he's visited and photographed extensively, and his collection of vintage water-themed postcards, his paintings pull together images that strive to expand the experience of space within a standard canvas and, at the same time, pose questions about the nature of picture-making.


Back to the aforementioned violin, in the past two years, he has filled in the time when not painting, building sculpture and working for an international marketing firm (building things) he has been studying with a period baroque violinist and developing a love for Handel, Corelli, Bach, and Telemann.