The gallery is excited to be working with Jeff Scott, who was recently featured on the front of the September issue of the Nashville Arts Magazine.
Jeff Scott is a prolific artist, showcasing paintings, photographs, films, and books on his website. Scott’s work has been shown across the United States, at the Dallas Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, The Smithsonian Institution, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Some of his photographs hang in the permanent collections of Ralph Lauren, Elvis Presley Enterprises, President Bill Clinton, and Disney! He has published three acclaimed photography books, including the most recent Elvis: The Personal Archives.
This book catalogues Scott’s photographs taken in the early 2000’s. He sought permission from the Presley estate to access and photogrpah Elvis’ personal belongings. As expected, the King of Rock and Roll’s material possessions reveal a lot about his character. Scott notes that he owned far less than what he gave to other people, and characterizes Elvis as a “generous man.” His well-loved items showcase a lot of wear and tear. Scott says he “really loved and used his things.” He often ornamented his possessions with gold, like the telephone in his bedroom, revealing a preciousness with material objects probably gleaned from growing up poor. Scott’s photographs also reveal other curiosities: Elvis’ driver’s license expired the same year he died.
Jeff Scott’s project truly reveals the humanity behind a cultural idol. The beautiful photographs revive Elvis through his valuables, creating a complex portrait of a legendary rock icon.