Scott Gillis was born in Kenmore, NY and grew up in North Tonawanda; near Buffalo and Niagara Falls, and Baldwinsville; near Syracuce, NY. He went to a community college and then two years at Syracuse University, graduating with a BA degree in art. In the late 70’s he moved to New York.
He worked early on as an illustrator for Esquire, The NY Times, Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, Raw Magazine, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, and many more publications and worked for a few years for illustrators Julian Allen and Robert Grossman. He did some comics for Dark Horse Comics with writer Jeff Demos and did a graphic novel for Neon Lit called Perdita Durango, by Barry Gifford. His last project was a book called In The Dust Zone teaming up with author Maggie Dubris. Scott also art directed a rap video staring Miss Melody, directed by Darnell Martin. He is also working on his own illustrated books.
In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, living downtown in Manhattan; music, the clubs, and making music became important to him and played guitar in a few bands; ‘Broadway’ and ‘Konk’ being two of them.
Konk’s music has been put on a CD anthology on London’s Souljazz Records.
Scott was also part owner in a bar in the East Village and a restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
He has traveled in Europe, Japan, Columbia, S.A. and China
Now, he keeps studying art and this web site has some of the last few year’s work on it. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited in The United States, Japan, Amsterdam, Australia, France and Belgium.
2016 4 Heads Governors Island Art Fair
2015 Andre Zarre GalleryArt Gallery, Chelsea Internationla Competition
2013 Woodstock Museum of American Art Far and Wide Regional Group Show
4 Heads Governors Island Art Fair
2012 4 Heads Governors Island Art Fair
2011 Woodstock Museum of American Art Far and Wide Regional Group Show
2011 Art Students League group show, 30 Artists \ 30 Years, New York City
2010 Art Students League group show, New York City
2009 Blue Mountain Center studio show. Blue Mountain, New York
2005 Jonathan Levine Gallery ... Sometimes I Just Want A Hug, , New York, NY
Outrageous Look Gallery, ... Good Bye Exclusive World, group show,
Outrageous Look Gallery, ... Pr*nc*ss, group show, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
2004 CBGB Gallery, ... Proof, group show, New York, NY
CBGB Gallery, Further Proof, group show New York, NY
1997 Limbo Gallery, solo show, New York, NY
1991 Pere-Loren Gallery, solo show, New York, NY
Industria, instalation, New York, NY
Pere-Loren Gallery, ...The Refrigerator Magnet Show, New York, NY
1990 Life Cafe, solo show, New York, NY
1989 Tower Gallery, ...Benefit Exhibition For 5 Minutes Of Infamy, , New York, NY
1988 Tower Gallery, ...Black-White-Color, New York, NY
Tower Gallery, ...Layers of Meaning, New York, NY
1987 Tower Gallery, group show, New York, NY
Galerie Lambier, Raw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
School 33Art Center, Baltimore, Maryland
Simon Cerigo Gallery, group show, New York, NY
1986 Simon Cerigo Gallery, solo show, New York, NY
Simon Cerigo Gallery, November, New York, NY
Limbick Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Greathouse Gallery, New York, NY
George Patton Gallery, Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia
Simon Cerigo Gallery,Paper, New York, NY
Greathouse Gallery, New York, NY
1985 Simon Cerigo Gallery, New York, NY
Mori Gallery, Sydney, Austrailia
Greathouse Gallery, Myth, New York, NY
1984 Fucchetti Burk Gallery, New York, NY
1983 Seibu Department Store, Raw New York, Tokyo, Japan
2015 Storyboards for Beyonce film project with Darnell Martin as director
2011 Wins the The Sam Spanier Award Honorable Mention at WAAM...
the Woodstock American Art Museum... Far and Wide Exhibit
2010 Illustrated ‘In The Dust Zone’, co-created with Maggie Dubris
2009 Accepted at Blue Mountain Center artist residence in the
New York state Adirondack Mountains
1993 - 2002 T-shirt and accessory design; illustrations for packaging and catalogue for
Winky & Dutch
1996 Illustrations for a special graphic adaptation for Neon Lit
of author Barry Gifford’s ’Perdita Durango’
1995 22’ X 11’ mural for Grove-Jet Nightclub, Miami Beach, Florida
1990(?) Art directed a rap video for MTV, directed by Darnell Martin. The artist was