About the Artist :: Scott Addis

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Scott Addis was born in a small rural community just outside of Pittsburgh, PA, and now resides in Montreal, Quebec with his family. His first teacher was his father, who took him hunting and fishing and also spent hours sketching and drawing with him, both in nature and from pictures taken around their mountain home.
As a young adult, Addis joined the U.S. Navy and later settled in Cincinnati, OH. There he took classes in drawing and composition and taught himself to paint. He studied at the University of Cincinnati and under the guidance of Greg Storer and Igor Babailov, among others. As a student, Addis found inspiration in the artwork of George Innes, Joseph Mallord William Turner and James McNeill Whistler.

Addis made his professional debut at Closson’s Gallery, which is one of the oldest, most established galleries in the region. Since then, his career has flourished, and he is now represented throughout the US and Canada. Addis has been featured in numerous US and Canadian magazines, and his work is held in private and corporate collections worldwide.

About his paintings, Addis says: “I paint landscapes because it is said, and I strongly believe it, that when you look at a portrait you observe the person, the subject. However, when you look at a landscape, you can plunge into it. One can easily imagine oneself being there.”

Above all, what Addis seeks is that people be touched emotionally by his paintings.

Artist’s Statement

“My paintings are an expression of mood or emotion within a design that allows a window in for people to see what they want or need to see. Whether the work is moody – angry or brooding – joyful or exciting – restive or peaceful – the colors and brushwork allow me as an artist tools to both experience and express what I am feeling. These feelings come on strong, are hard even to experience and only a glimpse of them can be translated onto the canvas.

The design of a painting is cartooned, borrowed from nature or worked from the figure, in order to allow the public to see something of them in the work. Hopefully most everyone has seen a lazy summer day, full of heat when nothing can be done. We’ve seen glimpses of sunsets with the promise of another day, rain clouds that remind us of troubles, mornings full of light and promise. The more specific the subject matter, the smaller the window of common experience that is shared. The tension between the message and the window is truly difficult to achieve – too much of one or the other is disastrous to the painting, but working within these parameters gives the work meaning and reward.

Small towns and big cities. Sheltered harbors and wide open spaces. I’m like a curious kid, looking at the world with wide open eyes, sharing what I see with a very busy public. Art is like that – it’s an opportunity to slow it down and see what’s right in front of you, instead of stayingt so very busy without time to see – without time to be in the moment.”

Selected Exhibitions (since 2000)

2009 – Gallery KH (formerly Mary Bell Galleries), Solo, Chicago, IL, É.-U.
Loretta Goodwin, two person, Birmingham, AL, É.-U.
Galerie ADDIS, Solo, Montréal, QC, Canada

2008 – La Forge Prison, Group, Brouage, France
Galerie ADDIS, Solo, Montreal, QC, Canada
Art Resources Galleria, Group, Minneapolis, MN, USA

2007 – Gallery 2050, Solo, Montreal, QC, Canada
Mary Bell Galleries, Solo, Chicago, IL, USA
Diana Paul Galleries, Solo, Calgary, AB, Canada
Beacon Fine Art, Solo, Redbank, NJ, USA
Loretta Goodwin, Group, Birmingham, AL, USA

2006 – Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield OH, USA, two person show
Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, three person show
Artworks Gallery, Norfolk, VA, USA, solo
Toro Galleries, Philadelphia, PA, USA, solo
Art Resources Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, USA, solo
Beacon Fine Arts, Red Bank, NJ, USA, solo

2005 – Toro Galleries, Solo, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Closson’s Art Gallery, two person show, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Art-Mode, Solo, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Mary Bell Galleries, Solo, Chicago, IL, USA
“Les Grands nom d’art Figuratif”, juried show, Granby, QC, Canada

2004 – Mary Bell Galleries, Solo, Chicago, IL, USA
Twin House Gallery, group show, Atlanta, GA, USA
Loretta Goodwin Gallery, Solo, Birmingham, AL, USA
Art-Mode Gallery, Solo, Calgary, AL, Canada
Gallery One, Solo, Main Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Two Person Show, Brantford, ON, Canada
Galerie de la Ville, Solo, Montreal, QC, Canada
Fitton Center for the Arts, Solo, Hamilton, OH, USA

2003 – Gallery One, Solo, Red Room, Toronto, ON, Canada
Galerie D’Avignon, Solo, Montreal, QC, Canada
Art Access, Solo, Columbus OH, USA
Annie Bolling Gallery, Solo, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Art Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA, USA
Toronto International, Toronto ON, Canada
Indiana University, Whitewater Art Gallery, Solo, Richmond IN, USA

2002 – Mary Bell Galleries, Solo, Chicago
Closson’s, Solo, Cincinnati
Bennett Street Gallery, group show, Atlanta
Loretta Goodwin Gallery, group show (small works) Birmingham
Pouch Cove Foundation (James Baird Gallery), St. John’s NL

2001 – Art-Mode Gallery, Solo, Ottawa
Mary Bell Galleries, Five Man Show, Chicago
Agora Gallery, group show, SoHo, New York
Galerie D’Avignon, group Show, Montreal

2000 – Closson’s, Solo, Cincinnati
The Cartridge Factory group Show, Cincinnati
March of Dimes “an evening in Provence”, Cincinnati
SOHO International Juried Art Competition, award winner, SoHo NY
Behringer Crawford Museum “Fresh Art”, Newport KY
University Club, “Prominent Cincinnati Male Artists”, Cincinnati

Media Coverage

“Canadian Artist showing at the Fitton”, December 15, 2004, Television Interview, Channel 9 WCPO Cincinnati; “International Artist Returns Home”, January 2002, Television interview, Channel 9 WCPO Cincinnati; “Former Cincinnati Artist Shows at Closson’s”, January 2002, Television interview, Channel 47, Public Access; “Scott Addis – Morning Show Hometown” April 2002, Television interview, Channel 9 WCPO Cincinnati; Magazin’Art, Fall 2002 edition, article pg.92 (French version), pg.139 (English version); “Scott Addis osmosis”; Parcours Magazine, cover and article, Autumn 2006; Three of Addis’ paintings were selected to appear in the movie Traffic with Michael Douglas and Amy Irving; «Scott Addis – Morning Show Hometown», April 2002, Channel 9 WCPO Cincinnati; Artist Spectrum Magazine,«SIOC Winners», volume 8, 2001; Express Cincinnati, «Addis art in Douglas movie», November 2000 and January/February 2001; New Richmond Globe, «New York critic judges works», Beth Musgrave, November 24, 1999.


Selected artist for the 400th anniversary founding of Quebec by Jacques Cartier, exhibition held in Brouage, France (2008); Pouch Cove, Artist in Residence, St-John’s, Newfoundland (2001); Award winner, Soho International Juried Art Competition (2000); Whitewater Annual Art Competition (1999), Roberta Smith, art critic from The New York Times, was on the jury, the Indiana University (host of the competition) purchased a painting.

Residencies, Fellowships and Grants

CARFAC (Canadian Artist Representation Fee) Grant, 2004
Vermont Studio Center, Artist in Residence, Johnston, VT (September 2003)
Pouch Cove, Artist in Residence, St. John’s, NL (October 2001)

Professional Organizations

RAAV – Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec
CAC – Chicago Artists Coalition
OPA – Oil Painters of America
CAPSQ – Le Cercle des Artistes Peintres et Sculpteurs du Québec


Springfield Art Museum (Ohio), Indiana University (Richmond), Australian Embassy to Canada (Ottawa), Bank of Montreal (Calgary), Government of Canada (Ottawa), Ontario Hydro, Mason Public Library (Cincinnati), Merrill Lynch, First Energy Corporation (Cleveland), Capital Assurance Co (Quebec), Sanofi-Synthelabo (Quebec), SDS Software (Quebec), Comey and Shepard (Cincinnati), Mirant Canada (Calgary), Rogers Telecommunications (Ottawa), Salon Urbanity (Cincinnati), Pouch Cove Foundation (St John’s), Sydney Convention Center (Sydney), Australian Embassy to Canada (Ottawa), and many more.

Featured Gallery Shows of Scott Addis

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