M. Scott George's painting style is heavily influenced by the style of traditional Native American artists, Jerome Tiger, Oscar Howe, Paledine Roye, and the mural work of Donald Vann. In 1976, under the tutelage of art professor Blanche J. Wahnee, Scott studied fine art at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. In 1979, a special summer exhibition was organized to highlight the artistic achievements of Haskell students at the Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, Oklahoma. Scott was one of twelve students featured in this first comprehensive show of art and craftwork by Haskell students presented in Oklahoma. During his time at Haskell, Scott developed his style of painting and envisioned life as a full-time artist. In 1980, Scott returned home to Osage County and soon realized that in order to survive he would have to relinquish his dream of living as a full-time artist, which lead him to work in the oilfields.
For over 30 years, Scott has been a singer for the Osage people and served as Head Singer for the Grayhorse War Mother's annual soldier dance for 17 years. Many times the subjects and images for his paintings come to him as he sings traditional Osage songs. Scott continually strives to capture in his paintings the reverence he feels for the traditions of his people. Painting typically in opaque gouache and occasionally in water colors, Scott enjoys the challenge of transforming his drawings into vivid paintings using color to create depth.
Scott describes his art as a reflection of his impractical desire to be completely immersed in old traditions; impractical because of the complexity of everyday life in the modern world. Since childhood, Scott has envisioned his life as it might have been a hundred years ago. His paintings depict the songs, stories, and spirituality of his people, now and before the arrival and expansion of non-Indian occupancy. His connectedness to ancestral life ways is evidenced in Scott's art by a technical precision that can only be achieved through an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter he is painting.
Michael Scott George is a member of the Osage Nation and of Sioux descent. He resides in Del City, Oklahoma, with his wife, Taveah, where they raised their two sons, Cheyenne and Edward. He is also a proud grandfather of six grandchildren. For information or questions about the artwork of M. Scott George after the exhibit closes, the artist can be contacted at 405-670-5443 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org The Southern Plains Indian Museum is managed by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior. For hours of operation call 1-405-247-6221.
The Southern Plains Indian Museum is managed by the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior. For hours of operation call 1-405- 247-6221.
18” x 13” Watercolor on watercolor paper.
©2002 M. Scott George
Keeper of the Eagles
18 1/2 ” x 22 1/2” Gouache ©2001 M. Scott George
13 1/2” x 28” Gouache ©2002 M. Scott George
House of Warriors
12” x 21” Gouache ©2001 M. Scott George
13 1/2” x 28” ©2002 M. Scott George