Scooter LaForge (b. Las Cruces, New Mexico) is a New York-based artist who has lived in the
East Village for the past 18 years. His unique style mines the catalog of art history, at times
infusing classical themes with a colorful sensibility. LaForge works in various media, including
painting, sculpture, and drawing, and employs unorthodox techniques to represent striking
Often combine-like, his works are a walking journal of images where ideas are explored and
refined. LaForge approaches painting intuitively, absorbing what surrounds him and working on
the canvas with agility and focus—drawing from a fertile inner emotional realm and an
extensive painterly vocabulary. The witches, monsters, cats, rabbits, bears, and owls he paints
are filtered through the imagination and sometimes allude to a narrative of melancholy.
LaForge’s paintings have been shown at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York, the
Friedrichshof Museum in Vienna, and the Spritmuseum/Absolut Art Collection in Sweden. New
York galleries Howl! Happening, Empirical Nonsense, and Gallery 1969 are among the venues
that have recently shown his work.
In 2015, the artist was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. He holds a BFA in painting
from the University of Arizona.