Blank Paper A5 Notebook
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About the artwork
To celebrate Studio Voltaire's major new exhibition, the first significant survey of the artist’s prolific 30–year practice. House of Voltaire is proud to commission this new blank A5 paper notebook by American artist William Scott. While deeply rooted in personal history, Scott’s paintings address wider questions of citizenship, community and cultural memory. His portraits of predominantly black figures encompass actors, musicians, politicians and civil rights leaders – from Prince, Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou to Barack Obama and Kamala Harris – as well as self-portraits, family members, his neighbours and women from the Baptist church he has attended since childhood.
With thanks to William Scott and Creative Growth
About the artist
William Scott (b.1964, San Francisco) has worked with the celebrated Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California since 1992. Scott has presented solo exhibitions and projects at Ortuzar Projects, New York (2020); White Columns, New York (2006, 2009), and his work has been exhibited at Hayward Gallery, London (2013), Gavin Brown’s enterprise New York (2007), Berkeley Art Museum, California (2011) and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2008). Scott’s work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; SFMOMA, San Francisco and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.
Founded in 1974, Creative Growth is a non-profit based in Oakland, California that serves artists with disabilities by providing a professional studio environment for artistic development, gallery exhibition, and representation. Creative Growth is home to over 140 artists who work in a variety of media, and artwork made at the studio has been acquired by prominent collections worldwide, including MoMA, SFMOMA, the Smithsonian, the Studio Museum of Harlem, Collection de L’Art Brut and American Folk Art Museum.
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