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Who is J. Scott Nicol?

A short video that describes the history, passion, and process of J. Scott Nicol, "America’s Premier Painter of Books."

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J. Scott Nicol

I love books. My personal collection exceeds 1,000 books with most of them first editions. I read novels from the classic to the obscure. I buy coffee table books to admire the photos and art books to inspire me. I have books from places I’ve been to and lands that I want to explore. The books I have in my library really tell the story of me. They show my likes, interests, and passions. If you want to know about someone, go to their house and look at their collection of books. 

As an artist, I express myself through my paintings. In order to tell my story, I chose books as a vehicle for those paintings. Creating this type of art is a painstaking process of research, intricate composition, and detailed painting. After coming up with a thematic concept, I choose the image for each of the books. A color background is then created which is complimentary to the image. Finally, I make up a title that in combination with the image will elicit a response from the viewer. So far, I have created over 100 paintings making up over 450 books. 

My artwork is in galleries throughout the country and purchased by art collectors around the world. These paintings can touch people in a very deep and meaningful way and it is gratifying to receive compliments on the detail and realism.  Some celebrities have my art  in their collections like; Heisman Trophy winner and two times Super Bowl champion Jim Plunkett, entertainer and rapper Lil’ Wayne, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, and award winning author, David Baldacci to name just a few. 

The true reward is in the process of making art; Taking a blank canvas and transforming it with oil paint and brush into made up books that not only tell the story of my life, but the story of our collective popular culture. This has been my passion for over forty five years. Now, let's make it your passion as well!