Photo: Rico Schwartzberg Photography

Photo: Rico Schwartzberg Photography

Scott Idleman creates imaginary worlds inspired in part by real world phenomena including aerial views, microscopic imagery, astronomy, Americana quilts and patterns in nature in his paintings, drawings, and mixed media pieces. 

Trained as a graphic designer, Idleman wanted get back into the non-digital alchemy of paint, ink and texture. Mining his childhood obsession with doodling and mark-making, Idleman has developed a painting technique of colorizing gesso then drawing with it to build up texture that creates shadow and depth. 

Utilizing reductive simple dots, circles, dashes and line, the comprehensive theme of all Idleman’s artwork is connectivity. Because of technology, the world is more connected than ever before. His intent is to convey those flows, overlaps and missed connections.

Idleman was born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1964. He attended Kansas City Art Institute where he received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design with minors in fibers, photography and painting. After five years in New York, Idleman settled in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1992 and resides in the SF Mission.

Group Exhibits

2019 — DZINE Gallery presents: Bone Black, Nov 8, 2019 - Apr 8, 2020, DZINE, San Francisco, CA.

2019 — Root Division’s 18th Annual Benefit Art Auction, San Francisco, CA.

2019 — Art for AIDS Auction, San Francisco. Sponsored by UCSF Alliance Health Project

2019 — Sanchez Art Center’s 11th Annual 50|50 Show. Curated by Catharine Clark, Pacifica, CA.

2019 — Art Attack SF “Make Your Mark” exhibit, San Francisco, CA.

2019 — Hospitality House’s 34th Annual juried art auction, San Francisco, CA.

2019 — Dart for Art 2019 juried auction benefitting the Lymelight Foundation, San Mateo, CA.

2019 — Jen Tough Gallery “Wild Things” artist collective popup, San Francisco, CA.

2019 — Arc Gallery and Studios SNAP! juried exhibit, San Francisco, CA.

2018 — DZINE Gallery presents: Cracking Nutshells. DZINE, San Francisco, CA.

2018 — SLATE Art Consulting's "Patterns in Nature" exhibit at the San Ramon Valley Conference Center, San Ramon, CA.

2018 — Artspan's juried Benefit Art Auction, SOMAarts gallery, San Francisco

2017 — ArtSpan Art-in-Neighborhood exhibit at the Marker Hotel, San Francisco

2017 — 21st Annual Art for AIDS juried auction, San Francisco. Sponsored by UCSF Alliance Health Project

2013 — Chillin' Productions at 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco. Curated by Irene Hernandez-Feils

Solo Exhibits

2016 — Sundance Kabuki gallery, San Francisco. Sponsored by StudioVox

2013 — Hotel Triton, San Francisco - “All Things Considered” solo painting and drawing exhibit sponsored by McKinley Art Solutions.

2010 — The Producer’s Loft, San Francisco - Solo exhibit in commercial photo/video space

Permanent Collections

2018 — CPMC Sutter Health Cathedral Hill Hospital acquisition of two paintings

2015 — commission for San Francisco corporate headquarters


2017    Artist profile published on Arts Business Institute blog:

2014 — Home and artwork featured in December issue of Mollie Makes magazine.


2017-18 — Room & Board, San Francisco. Part of ArtSpan's Open Studios exhibit at the showroom.

2013-14 — Roche Bobois, San Francisco. Exhibited and sold paintings to accompany furniture in Design Center showroom .