Scott Listfield - The Lost World
My name is Scott Listfield. I paint astronauts and, sometimes, dinosaurs.
That's been the opening line of my artist statement since I first started painting astronauts, a long time ago. In more recent years, some internet person will occasionally pop up to comment “Hey! What ever happened to the 'sometimes dinosaurs'?” Well, random internet person, this next show is for you.
I've found myself thinking about dinosaurs lately. I've been watching, over and over again, the incredible new documentary series Prehistoric Planet, on Apple TV, narrated by David Attenborough. I've also been thinking, not for the first time, about dinosaurs as a metaphor, during a time when we seem increasingly driven to follow in their large footsteps towards extinction. And during a time when certain political factions seem intent on sending us back in time to the stone age. I want to remember a simpler time in my life, when I could sit and draw dinosaurs for hours and then go dig a large hole in my backyard because I thought maybe there might be a Stegosaurus down there somewhere (there wasn't). And so I made an entire show of dinosaur paintings.