Scott Curtis

Scott Curtis

Durham, NC, United States

About Scott Curtis

With a playful eye and exacting technique, Scott Curtis takes an imaginative approach to portraits, landscapes, interiors and abstracts. Each piece is approached with a rigorous set of self-imposed obstructions or constraints which he then attempts to work and play within, creating the most resonant effects possible for that work. Working primarily with oil on wood panels, the artist’s process sees him using thick applications of paint and vivid uses of color, particularly when creating his bold abstract pieces.

His distinctive portrait and landscape style incorporates exciting and inventive visual effects where figures and buildings are softly fragmented and mirrored, swirling and merging with their surroundings as if dissolving. Originally from Michigan, Curtis is now based in Durham, North Carolina. Over his long career he has garnered recognition at the highest levels of fine art and design, with works in major collections as well as having exhibited in a wide range of galleries across the United States.

Curtis has been a painter and designer for thirty years. His career has included commissioned artwork, as well as industrial, product and interactive design. As a designer, he has been a creative director and art director with a wide range of companies: Studio Rouge,,, Concert Technology, Virtus, Luminosa, AbacusIP, Machina Design and Sqor Sports. 


1985 - Univ. of Florida; Gainesville, Florida; BFA
1991 - Univ. of California; San Diego, CA


2017. Liminal, featured artist, Eno Gallery, Hillsborough, NC.
2016. Acme Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; also in 2013, 2011 / Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Detroit, MI; also in 2013, 2009.
2015. Active Light, Feuer/Mesler, New York, NY
2014. San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA; also in 2009, 2005 / Shine, Kansas, New York, NY.
2012. Sonnabend Gallery, New York; also in 2009.
2010. RaeberVonStenglin, Zurich.
2008. Counterfactual, Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC; also in 2005, 2003, 2001.
2006. Young Art, Los Angeles, CA.
2004. Wallspace, New York, NY.
2003. Sizl Gallery, Carrboro, NC; also 2001.
2002. Open Book, featured artist, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, IL.

2015. Interior Light, featured artist, Sonnabend Gallery, New York, NY.
2014. Select, Flatbed, Austin, TX.
2013. Still, Acme Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2012. Place, featured artist, Wallspace. New York, NY.
2011. Select, Flatbed, Austin, TX; also in 2010 / Mixed Greens, New York, NY.
2009. Fast/Slow, RaeberVonStenglin, Zurich / Recent Work, Young Art, Los Angeles, CA.
2008. Recent Work, Mixed Greens, New York, NY
2006. Mythos, Wallspace, New York, NY.
2005. Select, Young Art, Los Angeles, CA.
2004. Terminus, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA / Recent Work, Sonnabend Gallery, New York, NY.
2003. Sojourn, Mixed Greens, New York, NY.
2002. Recent Work, Sizl Gallery, Carrboro, NC.