William Scott (1913 − 1989)

William Scott was born in Greenock, Scotland and studied at Belfast School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools in London. His early paintings are mostly of still life, harbour or single figures, usually subjects without any literary or anecdotal overtones. The figures and objects exist in a near-illusionistic space and are painted with economy and clarity. During the course of the 1950s, when many artists were turning abstraction, Scott also became interested in giving his pictures a life of their own and in absorbing objects into their pictorial structure. Although his works always referred to a object, they bear only a distant resemblance. Table tops were tipped forward into the picture plane and kitchen utensils flattened; very often the paintings consisted of arrangements of squares, oblongs and ovals of colour. Although he worked with a limited vocabulary of forms he achieved a surprising variety of effects through his concern with the division of spaces and forms, and through his inventiveness as a colourist: moving from black and white to a range of burnt orange and red, from cool colours to hot.

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Glossary

  • Abstraction

    To abstract means to remove, and in the art sense it means that artist has removed or withheld references to an object, landscape or figure to produce a simplified or schematic work. This method of creating art has led to many critical theories; some theorists considered this the purest form of art: art for art’s sake. Unconcerned as it is with materiality, abstraction is often considered as representing the spiritual.

Past exhibitions

WILLIAM SCOTT

  • 2013
    • Ireland, Belfast, Ulster Museum
    • UK, The Hepworth Wakefield
    • UK, St Ives, Tate St Ives

OUT OF BRITAIN

  • 2013
    • Romania, Bucharest, National Museum Of Art
  • 2012
    • Oman, Muscat, Bait Al Zubair Museum
    • Kuwait, Kuwait City, Contemporary Art Platform
    • Saudi Arabia, Al Kohbar, Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Science & Technology Center
    • Saudi Arabia, Jeddah, Athr Gallery
    • Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, Riyadh National Museum

LET US FACE THE FUTURE: ART BRITÀNIC 1945-1968

  • 2010
    • Spain, Barcelona, Fundacio Joan Miro

EDGE OF ABSTRACTION

  • 2010
    • UK, Paddock Wood, Mascalls Gallery

FROM DESTRUCTION TO ABSTRACTION BRITISH ART IN THE 1940S AND 1950S

  • 2008
    • Syria, Damascus, University Of Damascus

BLAST TO FREEZE: BRITISCHE KUNST IM 20. JAHRHUNDERT

  • 2003
    • France, Toulouse, Les Abattoirs
  • 2002
    • Germany, Wolfsburg Kunstmuseum

THE NATURE OF STILL LIFE FROM MANET TO THE PRESENT DAY

  • 2001
    • Italy, Bologna, Galleria D'arte Moderna

THE FIFTIES

  • 1999
    • Spain, Jerez, Sala Pescaderia Vieja, Ayunamiento De Jerez
    • Spain, Barcelona, Centre Cultural De La Caixa De Terrassa
    • Spain, Salamanca, Palacio De Abrantes
    • Netherlands, Amstelveen, Cobra Museum
    • Spain, Pamplona, Recinto Ciudadela
    • Spain, La Coruna, Fondacion Barrie De La Maza
  • 1998
    • Ireland, Dublin, Royal Hibernian Academy
  • 1997
    • Cyprus, Nicosia, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre

WILLIAM SCOTT PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS

  • 1998
    • Ireland, Dublin, Irish Museum Of Modern Art

OUT OF PRINT

  • 2001
    • Germany, Hildesheim, Roemer- Und Pelizaeue Museum
  • 1999
    • Poland, Bytom, Museum Gornoslaskie
    • Poland, Lodz, Museum Sztuki
    • Poland, Warsaw, National Museum
    • USA, Mary Washington College Galleries
  • 1998
    • USA, Springfield Museum Of Art
    • USA, New Jersey, Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers State Univeristy Of New Jersey
  • 1997
    • USA, Provo, Museum Of Art Brigham Young University
  • 1996
    • Spain, La Coruna, Fondacion Barrie De La Maza
    • Spain, Seville, Museo De Bellas Artes
    • Spain, Bilbao, Museo De Bellas Artes De Bilbao
  • 1995
    • Cyprus, Nicosia, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre
    • Egypt, Cairo, British Council Office - Cairo
    • Egypt, Alexandria, British Council Office - Alexandria
    • Italy, Naples, Naples
    • Italy, Cagliari, Assozione Culturale Italia Inghliterra
  • 1994
    • Belgium, Antwerp, Luchtbal Art Centre
    • France, Gravelines, Musee Du Dessin Et D'estample Originale

WILLIAM SCOTT

  • 1986
    • Ireland, Belfast, Ulster Museum

WILLIAM SCOTT

  • 1986
    • Scotland, Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art
    • Ireland, Dublin, Guinness Hop Store
    • Ireland, Belfast, Ulster Museum
    • Ireland, Belfast, Ulster Museum

WILLIAM SCOTT STILL LIFE PAINTINGS 1946-1978

  • 1979
    • Ireland, Belfast, Arts Council Gallery
    • UK, London, Orchard Gallery
    • Ireland, Fermanagh County Museum

BRITISH ARTISTS PRINTS 1961-1970

  • 1979
    • Finland, Finland
  • 1977
    • Nigeria, Lagos, British Council Office - Lagos
  • 1975
    • Australia, Brisbane, Queensland Art Gallery
    • Mauritius, Mauritius
  • 1973
    • Malta, Valletta, National Museum Of Malta
  • 1972
    • Greece, Athens, Zoumboulakis Gallery
  • 1970
    • Iceland, Reykjavik, National Museum

BRITISK MALERI 1945-1970

  • 1972
    • Poland, Poznan, Museum Narodowe
    • Poland, Krakow, Museum Narodowe
    • Poland, Warsaw, Museum Narodwe Warszawie
    • Norway, Bergen, Kunstforeningen
    • Norway, Oslo, Kunstnerforbundet
    • Norway, Trondheim, Kunstforening

BRITISH PAINTINGS 1945-1970

  • 1972
    • Poland, Krakow, Museum Narodowe
    • Poland, Poznan, Museum Narodowe
    • Poland, Warsaw, Museum Narodwe Warszawie
    • Norway, Bergen, Kunstforeningen
    • Norway, Trondheim, Kunstforening
    • Norway, Oslo, Kunstnerforbundet

IRISH IMAGINATION 1959-71

  • 1971
    • Ireland, Dublin, Municipal Gallery Of Modern Art

BRITISH PAINTING AND SCULPTURE 1960-1970

  • 1970
    • USA, Washington, National Gallery Of Art

CONTEMPORARY BRITISH PAINTING

  • 1969
    • South Africa, Port Elizabeth, King George VI Art Gallery
    • South Africa, Durban, Durban Museum And Art Gallery
    • South Africa, Pietermaritzburg, Pietermaritzburg Art Gallery
    • South Africa, Pretoria, Pretoria Art Gallery
    • South Africa, Johannesburg, Johannesburg Art Gallery
    • South Africa, Durban, Durban Museum And Art Gallery
    • South Africa, Kimberley Art Gallery
    • South Africa, Cape Town, South African National Gallery

ENGLISHE KUNST DER GEGENWART

  • 1968
    • Germany, Hamburg, Kunstverein

CORSHAM PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS

  • 1965
    • UK, Middlesborough Art Gallery
    • UK, Cambridge, Arts Council Gallery
    • UK, Walsall, Walsall Art Gallery
    • UK, Sheffield, Graves Art Gallery
    • UK, Totnes, Dartington College Of Art

BRITANSKO SUVREMENO SLIKARSTVO

  • 1965
    • Yugoslavia, Zagreb, Galerije Grada

BRITISH CONTEMPORARY PAINTINGS

  • 1966
    • Gibraltar, Gibraltar, John Mackintosh Hall
    • Egypt, Alexandria, El Nasr Girl's College
    • Egypt, Cairo, Galerie Des Beaux Arts
  • 1965
    • United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates
    • Croatia, Zagreb, House Of Artists
    • Yugoslavia, Belgrade, Masarakova Art Pavilion
    • Yugoslavia, Skopje, Skopje City Art Gallery
    • Malta, Valletta, Palazzo De La Salle

PROFILE III ENGLISCHE KUNST DER GEGENWART

  • 1964
    • Germany, Bochum, Stadtische Kunstgalerie

SOME ASPECTS OF CONTEMPORARY BRITISH PAINTING

  • 1964
    • Denmark, Humlebaek, Louisiana Museum Of Modern Art
    • Canada, Edmonton Art Gallery
    • Canada, Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina
    • Canada, Winnipeg Art Gallery
    • Canada, National Gallery Of Canada
    • Canada, Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts
    • UK, London, Public Library
  • 1963
    • Canada, Art Gallery Of Ontario
    • Iceland, Reykjavik, National Museum

CONTEMPORARY BRITISH PAINTING 1900-1962

  • 1964
    • Romania, Palace Of Culture
    • Romania, Bucharest, National Gallery
    • Slovakia, Bratislava, Mirbach Palace & Palffy Palace
    • Czechoslovakia, Prague, ULUV Exhibition Hall
  • 1963
    • Hungary, Budapest, Ernst Museum

JELENKORI BRIT FESTESZET

  • 1963
    • Hungary, Budapest, Ernst Museum

WILLIAM SCOTT

  • 1963
    • Ireland, Belfast, Ulster Museum

VICTOR PASMORE / WILLIAM SCOTT

  • 1963
    • Switzerland, Berne, Kunsthalle

KOMPASS II

  • 1962
    • Netherlands, Eindhoven, Van Abbe Museum

ARTE BRITANICA NO SECULO XX

  • 1962
    • Portugal, Lisbon, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

1961 SAO PAULO BIENAL

  • 1963
    • Mexico, Mexico City, Salon De La Plastica Mexicana
  • 1962
    • Venezuela, Caracas, Museo De Bellas Artes
    • Peru, Lima, Instituto De Arte Contemporanea
    • Chile, Santiago, Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes
    • Argentina, Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes
    • Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Museu De Arte Moderna
  • 1961
    • Brazil, Sao Paulo, Museu De Arte Moderna

WILLIAM SCOTT

  • 1961
    • UK, London, Hanover Gallery

CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS' LITHOGRAPHS

  • 1961
    • Kenya, Nairobi, Sorsbie Gallery
    • India, Mumbai, Jehangir Nicholson Gallery
  • 1960
    • Cyprus, Nicosia, British Council Office - Nicosia
    • Pakistan, Lahore, Alhamra Art Gallery
  • 1957
    • Spain, Gijon, Salon De Exposiciones Del Real Instituto Jovellanos
    • Spain, Oviedo, Galeria De Exposiciones De La Obra Social Y Sultural
    • Spain, Madrid, Ateneo De Madrid
    • Spain, Salon De Exposiciones De La Sociedad De Amigos Del Arte
    • Portugal, Lisbon, Secretariado Nacional Da Informacao
    • Portugal, Porto, Escola Superior De Belas Artes Do Porto
  • 1954
    • Ceylon, Colombo, Ceylon Art Gallery
  • 1952
    • Germany, Berlin, Kunst Templehof
  • 1950
    • Canada, Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts

PRIMERA EXPOSICION DE ARTE MODERNO

  • 1960
    • Argentina, Mendoza, Museo De Arte Moderno

WILLIAM SCOTT

  • 1960
    • Germany, Hannover, Kestner-Gesellschaft

BRITISH PAINTING 1720-1960

  • 1960
    • Russia, St Petersburg, The Hermitage
    • Russia, Moscow, Pushkin Museum Of Fine Arts

WILLIAM SCOTT

  • 1959
    • Switzerland, Zurich, Galerie Charles Lienhard

XXIX VENICE BIENNALE

  • 1959
    • Netherlands, Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen
    • Switzerland, Zurich, Kunsthaus
    • Belgium, Brussels, Palais Des Beaux-Arts De Bruxelles
    • Germany, Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum
  • 1958
    • France, Paris, Musee D'art Moderne De La Ville De Paris
    • Italy, Venice, British Pavilion

GRAVURES ET LITHOGRAPHIES ANGLAISES CONTEMPORAINES

  • 1960
    • Norway, Norway Tour
  • 1957
    • France, Tour

VISION AND REALITY

  • 1956
    • UK, Wakefield, Wakefield City Art Gallery

BRITISH ART 1900-1955

  • 1956
    • Norway, Oslo, Kunstnernes Hus
    • Denmark, Copenhagen, Kunstforeningen

NEW DECADE: 22 EUROPEAN PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS

  • 1956
    • USA, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum
    • USA, San Francisco, Fine Arts Museum Of San Fransico
  • 1955
    • USA, Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institue of Art
    • USA, New York, Museum Of Modern Art

1953 SAO PAULO BIENAL

  • 1953
    • Brazil, Sao Paulo, Museu De Arte Moderna

WILLIAM SCOTT

  • 1953
    • UK, London, Hanover Gallery

CONTEMPORARY BRITISH ARTISTS

  • 1952
    • France, France
    • Malta, Malta
    • British West Indies
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