William Scott is a self-taught artist capable of rendering his imagined public and private worlds with remarkable accuracy and meticulous detail. William draws, paints, and rebuilds his native San Francisco in search of the elusive normal life one of Baptist-sermon ideals and gleaming, safe, artistically franchised city centers. San Francisco reemerges as Praise Frisco, a place where Scott's public longing for wholesome, peaceful interactions takes place within redeveloped idealized neighborhood landmarks.
Through a series of drawings and ceramic sculptures focusing on Scott's social desires, the artist recreates images of the women who attend his Bayview-neighborhood church. The work communicates his desire for a social relationship with a popular, tolerant woman, one who will share his life in his re-imagined city.
Scott creates a complete, fantastical world of urban life from its architecture to its inhabitants. With ardent enthusiasm and a confident line, the artist questions the hard edge that contemporary city life often draws, and offers a convincing glimpse at what could be.
Recent exhibitions include: New York (2007), Who is an Outsider? San Francisco State University Gallery; White Columns at New Art Dealers Association (NADA) Fair, Miami; White Room, White Columns, New York, NY, curated by Matthew Higgs (all 2006).