About - The Art of Scott Hanson - License Plate Art and Sculpture

Scott Hanson's License Plate Art was COPYRIGHTED in 1995 and is the first United States map made from license plates. Pursuant to the copyright, renditions of this by other artists are copies and subject to copyright infringements.

Scott Hanson’s career as an artist spans over 40 years. As a student at UC Berkeley he made art and sold it as a way to pay his college tuition. Making things by hand has always been part of Scotts life. Scott states, "My work tends to be physical representations of iconic American images."

"There is an underlying concept and ongoing conversation around the work," the sculptor explains. "Each work may be beautiful on its own, but each also speaks to the different issues and conversations that go on in our society and our culture," Hanson says. "My work primarily comes from the point of view of the archaeologist, looking back at this period of time a hundred or thousand years from now, and seeing what stands out as unique or important to this culture."

Hanson sculpts mostly in steel, stainless steel, copper, aluminum, wood and bronze. "I have worked with some icons to mirror our concepts of timelessness. For example, "I've created a bronze sculpture of a 1940's bomber jacket. It is one of the few items that has really transcended both fashion and trends. People are wearing these jackets today in the same way they have for the last six decades. It's a symbol of freedom, of the rebel in us, or a certain kind of social stigma, a certain attitude."

Another piece is a bronze sculpture that appears to be stacks of one hundred dollar bills collectively representing hundreds of thousands of dollars. "It's a commentary on art as money and money as art." Hanson observes. "The piece also speaks to the idea of currency as a lost commodity. I question if we'll use currency in the future."

"I don't know if my work is politically correct. The work is concept based, which stimulates deeper ideas and thoughts. This is my particular aesthetic interest, right now," he smiled. "Reinventing myself periodically has charged my life. I'm excited by the chance to go in new directions. It has empowered my art. Being creative from the conception, production and sale of the artwork lets me experience the full gamut of the art world. It's very satisfying."

Oakland Museum, CA
Nicola Bulgari, VP Bulgari Group 
LeMay Museum, Tacoma Washington
Los Angeles Municipal, CA
McAllen International Museum, TX
Vancouver Museum, B.C., Canada
Holter Museum of Art, MT
California Museum of Art, CA
Triton Museum of Art, CA
South Bay Contemporary Museum of Art, CA
Jacksonville Art Museum, FL
Alexander Museum of Art, CA
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, PA
M.B.N.A. America Bank, DE
American Airlines Corp. Headquarters, FL
S.A. Evian Co, France
Palm Springs Air Museum, CA
Stanford University, CA
United Bank & Trust, MI
Toyota, CA
Danielle Steel, CA
Eagle Bank, MD
Sultan·Abduiaziz, Saudi Arabia
David Duvall, FL
The Harmony Group, NV
Burcor International, MO
Dr. Nancy Snyderman, CA
Nortel Networks, CA
Trion Center for the Arts, NC
Tidewater Tech, VA
Spice Restaurant, GA
First Washington Management, MD
Global Securities, B.C. Canada
Kodak Corporation, IL
DuPont Inc., FL
Daimler Mercedes Benz/Chrysler Corporation, CA
Hilton Hotels, MA
Dave Mathews, WA
Peter Lynch, MA
Pat Sajak, MD
Richard Schwartz, NYSCA, NY