Scott King Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Scott King
Pink Cher


Screenprint and paint on canvas

300 x 200 cm

Scott King’s artworks are infused with a cunning media savviness that deftly navigates between product, messaging, and desire. Reminiscent of Warhol’s screen print portraits, with all of their commodified garishness, King’s Cher stands in for counter-culture hero Che Guevera, a rebel-icon and its lost meaning, long dissipated by mass reproduction. Emblazoned in acid-house pink, left-wing radicalism becomes fused with celebrity obsession, a contemporary by-product of cultural dysmorphia. Nostalgic of the politicised youth of Thatcher’s Britain, now recaptured and packaged as fashion, King posits contemporary insurgency as homogenised consumer choice.

Scott King
Long Live Death


Inkjet print

219 x 150 cm
Scott King
“The artist should never contemplate making a work of art that is about something; a successful work of art can only ever be about nothing. The artist’s complete negation of intent thus creating a reflective surface into which the critic, curator or collector can gaze and see only himself. Sol LeWitt, Paragraphs on Conceptual Art, 1967”


Plaster bust, mirror, plinth

173 x 57 x 50 cm

Other artists in

Caroline Achaintre    Tasha Amini    Hurvin Anderson    Maurizio Anzeri    Jonathan Baldock    Anna Barriball    Steve Bishop    Karla Black    Lyn. Yiadom Boakye    Pablo Bronstein    Alan Brooks    Peter Linde Busk    Carla Busuttil    Nicholas Byrne    Gareth Cadwallader    Juliana Cerqueira Leite    Spartacus Chetwynd    Steven Claydon    Clarisse d'Arcimoles    William Daniels    Matthew Darbyshire    Graham Durward    Tim Ellis    Tom Ellis    Richard Evans    Tessa Farmer    Marcus Foster    Robert Fry    Ximena Garrido-Lecca    Jaime Gili    Nick Goss    Luke Gottelier    Kate Groobey    Anthea Hamilton    Anne Hardy    Gabriel Hartley    Nicholas Hatfull    Iain Hetherington    Alexander Hoda    Sigrid Holmwood    James Howard    Graham Hudson    Dean Hughes    Des Hughes    Mustafa Hulusi    Paul Johnson    Edward Kay    Idris Khan    Scott King    Ansel Krut    littlewhitehead    Christina Mackie    Alastair Mackinven    Goshka Macuga    Ryan Mosley    Rupert Norfolk    Arif Ozakca    Mark Pearson    Dan Perfect    Peter Peri    Olivia Plender    Henrijs Preiss    Ged Quinn    Clunie Reid    Barry Reigate    Luke Rudolf    Maaike Schoorel    Daniel Silver    David Brian Smith    Renee So    Fergal Stapleton    Clare Stephenson    Systems House    Caragh Thuring    Phoebe Unwin    Donald Urquhart    Jonathan Wateridge    John Wynne    Toby Ziegler

Scott King's Biography

Scott King
Born in 1969, Goole, UK
Lives and works in London


Anish and Antony Take Afghanistan, Herald St, London, UK

Totem Motif, Bortolami, New York, NY
How I’d Sink American Vogue, Merchant City Festival, Glasgow, UK
De-Regeneration, Spacex, Exeter, UK
The Festival of Stuff (performance), Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, Germany
Towers and Monuments, Spacex, curated by Andy Hunt, Exeter, UK
Totem Motif, Between Bridges, Berlin, Germany
David L. Hayles & Scott King, TG, Nottingham, UK

A Room For Nick, curated by Jonathan Monk and Sonia Rosso, Lira Hotel, Turin, Italy
L’ART EST SIMPLEMENT …, permanent installation, facade of FRAC Nord Pas-desCalais, France
A Brief History of Terror, Ace Hotel, London, UK
The Thug From Accounts, White Cubicle, The George & Dragon, London, UK
A Balloon for America, Bortolami Gallery, New York, NY
Kurt Cobain’s Lighter, Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris, France
Love in a Cold Climate, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK
You’re my Favourite Artist, 208 Bowery Sign Residency, New York, NY

Finish the Work That You’ve Started, Herald Street, London, UK
Europe: The Final Countdown, Zabriskie Point, Geneva, Switzerland
CRASH! A Better Britain, Repositioned, Glasgow, UK
Tubular Bells, Au 8 Rue Saint Bon, Paris, France

Herald St (with Matthew Darbyshire), London
Front Room, Scott King & Richard Serra, curated by Dominic Molon, Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis, Missouri

The Penultimate Straw, Herald St, London
The Trial Continues, Bortolami, New York
Temporary Eyesore, Artists’ commission, Bankside, London (commissioned by the Architecture Foundation)
Marxist Disco (Cancelled), Kunstverein Munich, Germany

And the Pylons Stretched for Miles, Herald St, London
Scott King, Frac Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France
Information, Bortolami Dayan, NYC
Oh! Pylon Heaven, Sonia Rosso, Turin

Statements, Sonia Rosso, Basel 36, Switzerland

Scott King, Sonia Rosso, Turin, Italy
Scott King, Millers Terrace, London

Issue Zero, CNEAI, Paris
Scott King, Supportico Lopez, Naples, Italy

Scott King, Magnani, London

Flatplan, Magnani, London
The Robin Hood Complex, Forde, Geneva

Group Exhibitions

Black Mirror: Art as a Social Satire, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Wagstaff’s, Mostyn, Llandudno, UK

Mount Analogue, Cultural Counsel, Aspen, CO
I Beam U Channel, Bortolami, New York, NY
Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Christopher Logue Poster Poems, Rob Tufnell, London, UK
Station to Station, curated by Doug Aitken, The Barbican, London, UK
Beyond Borders: 5th Beaufort Triennial, Ostend, Belgium
X, curated by Sarah McCrory, Herald St, London, UK

Panda Sex, curated by Tom Morton, State of Concept, Athens, Greece
Regenerate Art, Kunstverein Munchen, Munich, Germany
It’s Not Very Nice That: Politics in Contemporary Graphic Design, The Lighthouse
Gallery, Glasgow, UK
This is Our Art This is Our Music, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
We Fragment, Collect and Narrate, Kunstmuseum Thun, CH / Galarie Robespierre, FR /
Leopold-Hoesch-Museum Düren, Germany
‘Printmaking by ECAL’, Musée Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland

A Journey Through London Subculture from 1980s to Now, ICA Off-Site / The Old
Selfridges Hotel, London, UK & Cultuurcentrum Mechelen, Belgium
The 20th Biennial of Contemporary Art de Sélestat, curated by Marc Bembekoff and
Julien Fronsacq, Sélestat, France
Commercial Break, Zona Maco Mexico Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico
MERCI MERCY, curated by Christine Messineo and Vladimir Roitfeld 980 Madison
Avenue, New York, NY
Love in a Cold Climate, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK
English Magic / Jeremy Deller, The British Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, Italy
SNAP! Aldeburgh Film Festival, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, UK

Dot Systems, Wilhelm-Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Power of Consumption, Club Midnight, Berlin, Germany
Advert. Insert, Cover, Headline, Bischoff Weiss, London, UK
Artist’s Postcards, Spike Island, Bristol, UK
Marbled Reams, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK
Intolerance / Normality, Grazer Kunstverein, Austria
Marrakesch Press, Less Halles, Porrentuy, Switzerland
Thames Delta, Focal Point, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK
Bulletin Boards, Venus over Manhattan, New York, NY
Point Systems, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany
SNAP! 2012, Art at the Aldeburgh Festival, Aldeburgh, UK

Commercial Break, curated by Neville Wakefield, Venice, IT
Backstage Riders, former Tagespiegel building, Berlin
In Your Face, Showstudio, London

Newspeak, Saatchi Gallery, London
Re-dressing, Bortolami, New York

Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London

100 Years, 100 Artists, 100 Works of Art, Rochelle School, London, UK
Sound of Music, Tri Postal, Lille, France
All That is Solid Melts into Air / Winston’s Children, Jeremy Deller and Scott King, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Sympathy for the Devil: The Convergence of Art and Popular Music, Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada
Arum Gold, Centre Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland
Art and Language, Scott King, LaMonte Young, (selection from Sound of Music), Espace 36, Saint-Omer, France
That Was Then... This Is Now, PS1 Contemporary Art Centre, New York, USA
Sympathy for the Devil: The Convergence of Art and Popular Music, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, USA
The Fisters/Scott King, European Championships of Graphic Design, Museum of Graphic Design, Breda Netherlands
Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London
Sound of Music, Marres CCC, Maastricht, Netherlands
I have (No) Issues, Lawrence Eng Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Pieces, Artist’s project, commission by Tesesco foundation, Pisa, Italy
Good News For People Who Love Bad News, Studio 495/Swiss Institute, New York, USA (curated by Gianni Jetzer)
Pop Goes The Weasel!, Kunstverein Karlsruhe, Germany
Publish & Be Damned, Ludlow 38, New York, USA

Left Pop, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2nd Moscow Biennale), Russia
Scott King / Graphic Semantics, Il Ju Art Space, Seoul, Korea
Sympathy For The Devil: The Convergence of Art and Popular Music, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
Talk/Show, Tranzit, Bratislava, Slovakia (curated by Stefan Kalmar & Daniel Pies)
The Sound of Music, Kortrijk Museum, Belgium
Deaf 2, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, France (curated by Peter Coffin)
The Word In Art: From Futurism to the Present Day, MART (Museo d'arte di Multiplex: Directions in Art, 1970 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York)

Defamation of Character, PS1, NYC, curated by Neville Wakefield

Lee Brilleaux Memorial Bench, White Columns, NYC, USA
Et Maintenant?, Crac Alsace , France
Post No Bills, White Columns, NYC
Bridge Freezes Before road, curated by Neville Wakefield, Gladstone gallery, NYC
Inaugural, Herald St, London
Herald St & The Modern Institute present, GBE, NYC
Other People’s projects, White Columns, NYC
Regarding Terror: The RAF Exhibition, Kunst-Werke, Berlin, Germany

The Age Of Optimism, Kilchmann plus, Zurich,Switzerland
Communicate: British Graphic Design Since The Sixties, The Barbican, London
Inventory / Scott King/ Donald Urquhart presented by Wolfgang Tillmans, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany
Louder This Time, curated by Sonia Rosso, Pordenone, Italy
The Black Album, Antonio Colombo Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy
Power, Corruption and Lies, Roth Horowitz, New York

The Unique Phenomenon Of A Distance, Magnani, London

Framing My View, Galleria Maze, Torino, Italy
Air Guitar, Milton Keynes Gallery, GB
Face/Off, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, GB

Part False Part True Like Everything, San Filippo Neri, Turin

Etat des Lieux #2, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Fribourg

How Shall We Behave?, Robert Prime, London
CRASH!, ICA, London
CRASH!, billboard, the Westway, London, commissioned by the ICA
Urban Islands, Cubitt, London

London's Burning with Boredom Now, billboard, Cubitt, London

The Problem Is You, ICA, London