F. Scott Hess is one of the most imaginative and prolific artists of our time. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1955, but grew up in Florida and Wisconsin. At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Hess focused on printmaking and drawing, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Art in 1977. Feeling a kinship with the psychological depth and technical skills exhibited by middle-European artists, Hess moved to Austria in 1978 and attended the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. He was a student in the Meisterschule of Rudolf Hausner for five years. In 1979, Hess had his first solo exhibition in Vienna, quickly followed by exhibitions in Austria, Germany and France. In 1981, he received one of Austria’s most prestigious awards for artists, the Theodor Koerner Award.
Hess’ work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum of California, the Orange County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Boise Art Museum, the Laguna Art Museum, and the Long Beach Museum of Art. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Fellowship and a J. Paul Getty Museum Individual Artist’s Fellowship.
In the fall of 2018, a documentary movie titled “A Reluctant Realist” was released about Hess and his work. Directed by Shirin Bazleh, it examines the artist’s complex and visionary work. We will screen the movie on Wednesday at 8pm.
Hess is presently at work on a three-year mural project.