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Scott Listfield is known for his paintings featuring a lone exploratory astronaut lost in a landscape cluttered with pop culture icons, corporate logos, and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references. Scott grew up in Boston, MA and studied art at Dartmouth College. After some time spent living abroad, Scott returned to America and, shortly before the real life, non-movie version of the year 2001, began painting astronauts and, sometimes, dinosaurs.

Scott has been profiled in Juxtapoz, Wired Magazine, the Boston Globe, New American Paintings, and on at least one local television station. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, London, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Montreal, Boston, and many other nice places.


Statement

I paint astronauts and, sometimes, dinosaurs.

Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey was released in 1968, well before I was born, so I have no firsthand knowledge of how it was received. I don’t know if people really believed we'd be living in space in 2001, if we'd have robot butlers and flying cars, geodesic lunar homes, and genetically reconstituted dinosaurs helping or eating us. But from Lost in Space to the Jetsons to Jurassic Park, it seems that popular culture has fostered this space-age perception of the future. Generations raised on these TV shows, movies, comic books, and novels are now grown and living in a future filled with mini vans, Starbucks, iPads, and Hip Hop videos. In many ways, the year 2001 failed to live up to expectations. And yet the world today is peculiar in ways unimagined in 1957, when Sputnik was launched, or in 1968, when 2001 was released, or even in 1994, at the dawn of the internet. The present is in fact a very unusual place, and it's strangest in the ubiquity of things we take for granted.

The astronaut in my paintings is simply here to explore the present.


Resume

1+2 Person Exhibitions

2017 Astronaut, Station 16 Gallery, Montreal, Canada

2017 Franchise, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA

2016 Anthropocene, Brin Levinson and Scott Listfield, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR

2016 Once An Astronaut, Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, CA

2016 LAX, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA

2016 An American Astronaut in London, StolenSpace Gallery, London, UK

2016 Vestiges: Scott Listfield and Friends II, Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015 Scott Listfield, 'Astronaut', Rotofugi, Chicago, IL

2014 Scott Listfield 'Astronaut', Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA

2014 Lost Moments: Scott Listfield and Friends, Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013 Astronaut: Paintings by Scott Listfield, Albright Gallery, Concord, MA

2013 Scott Listfield and Jeff Gillette, Gallery 1988, Santa Monica, CA

2012 Astronaut, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA

2011 Astronaut, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, MA

2010 Stars and Cars, Laconia Gallery, Boston, MA

2006 Astronaut 2, Gallery Locco Ritoro, Boston, MA

2004 Astronaut, Gallery Locco Ritoro, Boston, MA

 

Group Exhibitions

2017 POW WOW Worcester, mural festival, Worcester, MA

2017 LAX/DTW, curated by Thinkspace Gallery, Inner State Gallery, Detroit, MI

2017 Flourish, curated by Thinkspace Gallery, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, AZ

2017 Juxtapozed, curated by Thinkspace Gallery, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN

2017/16/15 POW! WOW! Hawaii, curated by Thinkspace Gallery, Honolulu Museum Of Art School, HI

2017/16 Brink, a show benefiting the Audobon Society, Antler PDX, Portland, OR

2017 The Rick and Morty Art Show, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA

2017 Supersonic Invitational, Spoke Art, New York, NY

2017 Platinum Blend 3, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016 Lunar Attraction, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

2016/15/14 SCOPE Art Fair Miami, Thinkspace Gallery and Gauntlet Gallery Booths

2016 The Comfort of Stars, Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2016 LA/EDN, Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2016 Littletopia at the LA Art Show, Gauntlet Gallery booth, Los Angeles, CA

2015 12 Parsecs: A Star Wars Show, White Walls, San Francisco, CA

2015 Art Awakens (official Star Wars art show), Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA

2015 The Reason For The Seasons, StolenSpace Gallery, London, UK

2015 Return to the Wild, Auguste Clown Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2015 LAX/LHR, curated by Thinkspace Gallery at Stolenspace Gallery, London, UK

2015 The Mattel Show, curated by Dave Perillo, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA

2015 34, The Isles Arts Initiative, curated by Elizabeth Devlin at Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA

2015 La Familia, Thinkspace 10th Anniversary show, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2015 Two Year Anniversary Show, Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014/13/12/10 Crazy 4 Cult, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles and New York

2014 Boston Contemporary Art Museum For Contemporary Art, Artists, And Their Contemporaries, curated by Pat Falco, Boston, MA

2014 Space//Squared curated by Sven Davis, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014 Ghostbusters 30th anniversary, Gallery 1988, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Diego

2014 UNIVERSE: The Art of Existence, curated by Warholian, Modern Eden Gallery San Francisco, CA

2014 The Subtle Art of Pop Culture, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA

2014 Public Order, Kingswell, Los Angeles, CA

2014 Face Space Place, Visionspace Gallery, Lynn, MA

2014 Littletopia at the LA Art Show, Breeze Block Gallery booth, Los Angeles, CA

2013 Gauntlet Canvas Collection, Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013 Feathers: A Show About Dinosaurs, Gallery 33, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2013 Buddy System Invitational, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR

2013 ReDiscovery: An Art Show Inspired by Daft Punk, Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013 Wider Than A Postcard Curated By Sven Davis, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, OR

2013 Mashup: A pop culture take on history's famous artwork, Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012 Print Isn’t Dead, WWA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2012 Winter Salad, Lot F Gallery, Boston, MA

2012 1st Invitational Dartmouth College Alumni Exhibition, Black Family Visual Arts Center, Hanover, NH

2012 Bad Dads, Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012 Elsewhere, Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA

2012 Intergalactic, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL

2012 Inaugural Show, Mondo Gallery, Austin, TX

2012 Picks of the Harvest, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2012 Gallery 1988 x Adult Swim, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA

2011 Lift Off: Earthlings and the Great Beyond, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, NJ

2010 MCC Artist Fellows and Finalists, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth, MA

2009/10/11/12 150 x 150, Laconia Gallery, Boston, MA

2009 Mixtape, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY

2009 Pop Rocks, The Beehive, Boston, MA

2009 Sixth Annual Summer Exhibition, Tufts University Gallery, Medford, MA

2009 Thawed Out: Visions of the Future, NOWhere Limited, Nederland, CO

2008/09/10 Icons + Altars, The New Art Center, Newton, MA

2008 What Are You Laughing At?, Artcenter/South Florida, Miami, FL

2007 Brian Burkardt’s Word of Mouth, Bridge Art Fair, Miami, FL

2007 After the End of the World, Whitney Art Works, Portland, ME

2007 Trans Am, The New Art Center, Newton, MA

2006 Monsters, Astronauts and Silicon Flowers, The Gallery at Green Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

2006 Stolen Time, Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2006 The 100 show, The Union Editorial, Los Angeles, CA

2006 Magical Realism, The Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD

2005 Tiger Tiger Rain Rain, The Jaxon House Gallery, Venice, CA

2005 iPop, Art Murmur Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005 Scintus Images: Selections, Gallery Locco Ritoro, Boston, MA

 

Publications + Awards

2016 Bad Dads: Art inspired by the films of Wes Anderson, by Spoke Art

2016 Blisss Magazine, Interview with Liz Rice McCray

2014 “Scott Listfield: Search for the Lost Highway,” by Elizabeth Devlin, Juxtapoz Magazine, June 2014

2014 “Experience pop culture in an astronaut's footsteps,” by Valentina Palladino, The Verge

2014 Cercle Magazine, the science fiction issue

2013 “Scott Listfield: Astronauts in Pop Culture,” Interview with NASA.gov's Artspace

2013 “Paintings of an Astronaut Exploring the Strangest Planet of Them All: Earth,” by Lauren Davis, io9.com

2012 The Weekly Dig (Boston), cover, Aug 1-8 issue

2012 “Adult Swim Takes Over Gallery 1988,” by Liz Ohanesian, LA Weekly, Jan 16

2011 “Crazy 4 Cult: The Book,“ by Gallery 1988 and Kevin Smith

2011 Official artist of the Boston First Night button

2011 "Artful Commentaries," by Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, Jan 12

2010 Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant Finalist

2010 "A Giant Leap for this Artist," by Taylor Adams, Boston Globe, Dec28

2010 WBZ-TV Boston News “First Night Button Designer Likes Astronaut Theme”

2010 The Callie Crossley Show, WGBH Radio, December 20, 2010

2010 “Man off the Moon,” by Johanna Kaiser, The Improper Bostonian, Dec '10

2010 “Icons + Altars,” by Ami Bennitt, The Weekly Dig, Nov 11

2010 "An emerging idea," by Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, Aug 28

2010 “Crazy 4 Cult 4,” G4 Network interview (http://www.g4tv.com/videos/47497/crazy4cult-4)

2009 Surface Magazine, ‘All Systems Go,’ by Tyler Magyar, Spring '09

2008 Wired Magazine, ‘Disenchanted Artist Scott Listfield Lands an Astronaut in Every Painting,' by Eric Smillie, Jan '08

2008 New American Paintings, Vol. 74

2008 Miami New Times, ‘Art with Laughs’ by Carlos Suarez De Jesus, May 1

2007 "Gallery Pick," by Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, Feb 1

2006 "Astronauts, Monsters & Silicon Flowers @ Green Street," by Ben Sloat, Big, Red & Shiny, Issue #47

2006 "Gallery Pick," by Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, Aug 17

2006 "Our Picks" The Washington Post, March 19, 2006

2006 Amatterofdesign™ It’s a matter of Illustration, Edited by Victionary

2006 New American Paintings, Vol. 56

2005 "In his paintings, an astronaut comes down to earth," by Geoff Edgers, Boston Globe, January 16

2004 "Whimsy in metal," by Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe

2004 "Scott Listfield @ Locco Ritoro," by Matthew Nash, Big, Red & Shiny, Issue No. 16

2004 "Naut Art has SCAT Splashdown," Courtney H. Naliboff, Somerville News, Jul 21

2004 "Astronaut looks at now," Susan L. Sherwood, Weston Town Crier, Mar 17

 

Education

1998 Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

1997 SACI, Florence, Italy

1997 Chautauqua School of Art, Chautauqua, NY

 

Professional Experience

2013-2015 Designer, Twitter, Cambridge, MA

2011-2013 Mentor, Art Institute of Boston low residency MFA program, Boston, MA

2007 – 2012 Senior Designer, PatientsLikeMe, Cambridge, MA

2000 – 2007 Lead Designer, Visual i|o, Somerville, MA

Jan 2007 Curator, Trans Am, The New Art Center, Newton, MA

1999-2000 Production Artist, Graphic Designer, JWG & Associates, Needham, MA

1998 Office and Studio Assisstant, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

1996 Art Director and Curator, Culture Shock, Hanover, NH

 

Guest lectures at: Lesley College of Art and Design, Dartmouth College,UMass Dartmouth, New Hampshire Institute or Art, Boston Academy of Realist Art, UMass Lowell, and Bristol Community College