William Scott

Scott was born in Greenock, Scotland, in 1913 and raised there and in Northern Ireland. He received his art training in Belfast and London, at Enniskillen Technical School and then the Belfast College of Art. In 1931, he left Belfast and moved to London, where he studied at the Royal Academy Schools. Scott married in 1937, and in the following two years he moved to Pont-Aven, Brittany, and traveled throughout France. Scott returned to Britain before the outbreak of World War II and began teaching. He had his first solo exhibition in 1948 at the Leicester Galleries in London, and by the early 1950s he was exhibiting extensively.

Scott’s first of many solo exhibitions at the Hanover Gallery, London, took place in 1953. That summer he visited New York, where he met Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock, which would encourage a newfound freedom of scale and color in his work. His first New York exhibition was in 1954 (Three British Artists: Hepworth, Bacon, and Scott) at the Martha Jackson Gallery.

Scott showed at the Hanover Gallery until 1971 and at Martha Jackson until 1979, becoming, along with Francis Bacon and Henry Moore, one of the few British artists of his generation to gain an international reputation. Thereafter, representation of Scott in Britain passed to Gimpel Fils, but it lapsed in the United States after the closure of the Martha Jackson Gallery. Scott died in 1989.

Scott represented Britain at the XXIX Venice Biennale, in 1958. The first major retrospective of his work occurred in 1960 at the Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover. Further retrospectives have taken place at the Kunsthalle Bern, 1963; Tate Gallery, London, 1972; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 1975; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 1986; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 1998; and Tate St. Ives, 2013.

Selected Artworks

October 13, 2017

FIAC 2017: Top galleries in “Avenue Winston Churchill, On Site”

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FIAC 2017, the International Art Fair exhibiting the best Contemporary Art galleries of the world, awaits its grand opening on October 19 in Paris. This year FIAC will have two sub-sections, Avenue Winston Churchill and Petit Palais, showcasing outdoor works featuring seminal works by the most prominent galleries all over the world. These two sub-sections fall in FIAC’s new sub division of “On Site” that was introduced last year. Read More
September 5, 2017

Marcia Hafif: Upcoming Museum Shows in Switzerland

Opening at Kunsthaus Baselland: Thursday 14th September, 6:30 PM

The MARCIA HAFIF exhibition is created in collaboration with the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (MARCIA HAFIF: September 16-January 14, 2018) and the Kunsthaus Baselland in Muttenz (MARCIA HAFIF: September 15–November 12, 2017).
Hafif (b.1929, USA, living in New York and Laguna Beach) is among the pioneers of the 1970s who fundamentally broadened con­ceptions of the practice of painting and under­standing of art per se. Since the 1980s, terms like ‘radical’ have been used to describe Hafif’s work with monochrome painting. The pencil on paper drawings, vertical pencil marks cover­ ing a surface, begun in 1972, led to the ver­tical stroke in paint. Her work in both mediums still continues, fitting within what she calls The Inventory. Each series included in The Inventory develops a single medium using tra­ditional methods and materials for making paint and preparing a ground. Individual works in a series can be larger or smaller, and usually are made with vertical brush­strokes, with which the effects of unmixed colours on a suit­able painting ground are sounded out. Works from the series that may be her most radical will be exhibited at the Kunsthaus Baselland: the Black Paintings (1979/80) in which she found black by layering ultramarine blue and burnt umber. There will also be photographs and films on display.
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