Scott Isenbarger

Public Education Faculty
Public Education

Scott Isenbarger is a painter that lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He was born in Indiana and later attended Indiana University in Bloomington. While there, he earned both his BA in English, BFA in Painting, and received the Harry Engels Scholarship for Painting. He then attended the San Francisco Art Institute where he earned his MFA and was awarded the SFAI Presidential Fellowship. He has exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and his work is held in several private collections. 

Isenbarger’s paintings can be characterized by their fusion of classical figuration and surrealist abstraction. Enigmatic compositions utilize archetypal humans and animals within familiar yet otherworldly spaces. He employs parody and satire with strong sugary colors to work as a foil against the recurring themes of misguided masculinity and apathy. Often implicating himself in the scenario, he both questions his place in art history and identifies as an active participant. Besides an interest in a “masculine archetype,” he is more widely interested in spaces of the unconscious, dream spaces, liminal spaces, and the characters that reside therein. Furthermore, he is intrigued by how these personal mythologies inform and affect identity.

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