Michael Scoggins was born in Washington D.C. in 1973. Growing up in Virginia and relocating later to Savannah, Georgia where he gained an MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006. In the summer 2003 he attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. He has shown extensively, gained international recognition and has gallery representation in Atlanta, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Vienna and Seoul. Michael currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
The Artist’s “canvas” is, in fact, a large notebook sheet, complete with spiral bound edges and hand drawn blue lines, which he offers up wrinkled and dog-eared. It is a universally familiar image which he now elevates to a monumental 67 × 51 inches. He enlarges the sheet, creates a new perspective for us, and in the process, imbues the familiar images with a new sense of importance. He demonstrates vividly, and in heroic scale, how he is affected by American popular culture and world events, and how those forces have shaped all our lives.
Scoggins’ bigger than life works, combine elements which pull on our collective memories and heartstrings. The works are emotionally charged – they make us laugh, they fill us with feelings of nostalgia or melancholy, while some make us angry and frustrated.