Scott Listfield is known for his paintings featuring a lone exploratory astronaut lost in a landscape cluttered with
pop culture icons, corporate logos, and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references. Scott grew up in Boston and now lives in Los Angeles, but in between those stops he spent some time traveling the world. When he returned home from his travels he found, to his surprise, that it no longer felt like home. He got an entry level job and an entry level apartment, and made attempts to be an adult. But he couldn't shake the feeling of being out of place
in the world he was inhabiting. It was the turn of the 21st century and he had no flying car, no jetpack, no robot
best friend. The future was not what his favorite cartoons told him it would be.
Around this time he watched the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey for the first time, and started
painting astronauts. This was 20 years ago and he hasn't stopped yet.
Over the past year, as so many of us have retreated from the outside world and taken shelter at home, Scott's paintings have felt more and more like a depiction of our shared dystopian present than some far off future. The deserted streets and sense of isolation in his paintings have been echoed in uncanny ways by real life. While this has made his work more relevant than ever, he'd frankly be very ok with it if the real world stopped looking so much like his paintings.
Like, now, maybe......