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Patrick Scott: A Retrospective

Patrick Scott: A Retrospective

Edited by Dr Yvonne Scott

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A delightful retrospective of the work of Patrick Scott who has had a profound influence on a whole generation of artists.

Patrick Scott was born January 24, 1921 in Kilbrittain, Co. Cork. He had his first exhibition in 1944, but trained as an architect and did not become a full-time artist until 1960.

He worked for fifteen years for the architect Michael Scott, assisting, for example, in the design of Busárus, the central bus station in Dublin. He is also responsible for the orange livery of Irish intercity trains. This catalogue of the retrospective exhibition in 2002 illustrates how his formal training as an architect remains a reference in all his work.

His intelligent observation of the formal components of his physical space are expressed in a defined and thought provoking analysis. Patrick Scott's contribution to Irish art is recognised primarily in terms of his capacity for uncompromising abstraction, truly non-representational, non-referential works, purified of content.

A quiet, thoughtful, provocative and charming artist, Scott has exerted an influence on a whole generation of artists. He is best known for his gold paintings, abstracts incorporating geometrical forms in gold leaf. He also produces tapestries and carpets. His paintings are in several important collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

He won the Guggenheim Award in 1960. On July 11, 2007, Scott, who is a founding member of Aosdána, was conferred with the title of Saoi, the highest honour that can be bestowed upon an Irish artist. Uachtarán na hÉireann Mary McAleese made the presentation, placing a gold torc, the symbol of the office of Saoi, around his neck. No more than seven living members may hold this honour at any one time.

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Author Edited by Dr Yvonne Scott
Publisher Hugh Lane Gallery
Publication date 1 Feb 2002
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781901702163

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