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Astronauts and Dinosaurs: Painting by Scott Listfield

A painting of an astronaut in front of a terrestrial structureSutro, oil on canvas

Scott Listfield is a painter from Boston, Massachusetts, who specializes in the seemingly anachronistic subjects of astronauts and dinosaurs. Listfield’s realistic painting style takes on a surreal edge where the artist includes sly nods to classic science fiction, comic books, and his own imagination.


A painting of an astronaut in front of a strange geometric formationWinter Moon, oil on canvas


I really love the amount of detail and care that Listfield seems to put into each of his images. The subject matter in many cases has the potential to be treated in a cartoonish fashion, but Scott’s style is more classical and documentary, and it lends a tongue-in-cheek seriousness to each image. In each painting of an astronaut exploring new territory, the lone human figure becomes an avatar for the viewer, allowing us to get inside the painting and truly experience this imaginary space.


Listfield also tends to incorporate pop-culture elements like logos and landmarks into his paintings. Sometimes they take on the appearance of ruins of Earth civilization, seen from some distant future.  


A painting of an astronaut observing dinosaur sculpturesSimone, oil on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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