Scott Myles


Contemporary Art Practice, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

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Scott Myles is a Scottish artist based in Glasgow, UK. His practice is strongly gestural and consists of sculpture, painting, printmaking, artist’s books, photography and performance-based projects: a kind of reactivation of ideas relating to the value of art and social reality by means of reusing already established codes. Early works explored circulation, exchange and value. For example, in an extended performance in 1999, Myles intervened into corporate culture by using a number of newspaper kiosks as lending libraries. He stole publications from a chain store, replacing them at different locations of the same retailer, without leading to any commercial loss for the respective chain. Since 2008, in the wake of the global recession, Myles has produced a number of projects and sculptures wherein he allegorizes symbols which have become ruins. These have ranged from large-scale sculptural works to dematerialized artworks within site-specific locations such as galleries, department stores and the outdoors. Additionally, Myles has appropriated and adapted works by other artists, exploring gift-exchange while continually deviating from the original reference point in a way that not only reflects the original idea but is also an authentic presentation of something else, something personal. As a whole, his artworks constitute a complex network of responses to social and physical infrastructures, and examine the subject in their own environment. Myles’s most recent body of work is a series of paintings thematising a pictorial device which is at once a partial reiteration of the canvas stretcher frame, an illusionistic suggestion of the picture as a perspectival window, and a sinister intimation of the gibbet or gallows.

Myles has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and projects, including: ‘This Way Out’, The Modern Institute, Glasgow; ‘Heal Walls’, Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo; ‘Potlatch’, Lafayette Maison, Paris (in collaboration with Foundation Lafayette); ‘This Production’, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee; and Kunsthalle Zurich.

Group exhibitions include: ‘White Trash’, Luhring Augustine, Bushwick, New York; ‘Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 till now’, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles & Menil Collection, Houston; ‘DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture’, Tate Liverpool; ‘Contemporary Scottish Art: New Acquisitions & Loans’, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; ‘Blasted Allegories’, Works from the Ringier Collection, Kunstmuseum Luzern; ‘On interchange/Interludes of a collection’, Museum Kurhaus Kleve; ‘Theorema’, Collection Lambert en Avignon; ‘Image/Text’, Tate Modern, London.

Myles’s artworks are held in private and public museum collections including Tate, LondonMuseum of Modern Art, New YorkHammer Museum, Los AngelesBritish Council Collection, UKScottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow. He has been awarded two Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship in 2016 and 2018, to support his research at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, USA. Myles has also been awarded a numbers of residencies, most recently at Cove Park in Scotland in 2017. Myles is represented by The Modern Institute, GlasgowMeyer Riegger, Berlin/ Karlsruhe & The Breeder, Athens.


In conjunction with role as a Research Fellow (2013-2018), and lecturer (2018- ongoing) Myles lectures on both undergraduate and postgraduate level courses. Myles has designed and delivered a series of master classes, seminars and lectures, as well as conducting study trips, group research, recorded one-to-one tutorials, critiques and degree show assessment.

Myles has taught, delivered artists’ talks, conducted workshops, seminars and thematic lectures at the following venues:

The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford; St Andrews University; Kunsthalle Zurich; Art Center College of Design MFA Program, Los Angeles; Glasgow University Art History Department; Glasgow School of Art; Edinburgh College of Art, Limerick School of Art & Design, OTIS College of Art & Design, Los Angeles; USC Roski School of Fine Art Master’s Program, Los Angeles; The Common Guild, Glasgow; Cove Park, Argyle & Bute; CCA, Glasgow; Virginia Historical Society, Richmond; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee; Tramway, Glasgow; Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; Jerwood Space, London; Projects in Art & Theory, Cologne; BBC Scotland; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; Tate Britain, London; Tate Modern, London; Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig; University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

He was external examiner for three-year cycle, B.A. Drawing & Painting, Limerick College of Art and Design, Limerick, Ireland, 2014 - 2017