Born in Cambridge, United Kingdom, in 1988
Lives and works in Brooklyn, USA
Hugh Scott-Douglas graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in 2010 with a degree in sculpture and also studied at the Pratt Institute in New York. Scott-Douglas’s main interest lies in the mechanics of images. His body of work aims to deepen the content of images, both visually and conceptually.
The artist uses cyanotype: a process usually associated with architectural blueprints through which a light sensitive formula is used to create images and reproduction on a variety of surfaces. The details and dimensions of his artworks are therefore proportionate to the exposure time necessary to create them. Scott-Douglas uses the ensuing blue tints to create his colour schemes. The patterns are then scanned, laser cut and re-printed on another canvas. The artist’s process is rather complex and his style questions it’s own frame of reference and explores the concept of falling into an abyss.
His work Untitled (2013) is part of a larger body of work, which was previously exhibited at the Silverman gallery in San Francisco. The exhibition was called A Cashed Cheque, A Cancelled Stamp. The works in the series grew out of Scott-Douglas’ reflections on various existing types of letters of credit. Through technical manipulations, Scott-Douglas wanted to explore both their potential and limitations. Every stamp, post card, cheque, or lottery ticket had a value at one time, but lost it. The work is both a visual representation of the Scott-Douglas’ manipulation and a story of the history of the object. His approach is also of interest when examined within the context of the art market where individual works gain or loose value regularly.