William Scott

William Scott was born in Greenock, Scotland in 1913 but moved to Co.  Fermanagh as a child. He studied at Belfast College of Art from 1928, and from  1931 to 1935 at the Royal Academy Schools in London.


He served in the British  Army from 1942 to 1946 and taught at Bather Academy of Art from 1946 to 56.  He died in Somerset in 1989. 


Scott's early work concentrated on still-lifes of pots and saucepans, eggs, fishes  and bottles placed on a bare kitchen table: objects that provided contrasting  shapes that could be arranged against simple backgrounds. His work vascillated  between figuration and abstraction, and in the late 1960s he reintroduced  everyday objects (frying pans, saucepans, fruit), juxtaposing them with purely  abstract forms; the picture space was kept deliberately flat and the forms  carefully spaced in floating rows.


In both paintings and prints he sometimes  produced variations of almost identical arrangements of forms in completely  different colours, continuing to use still-life subjects as the starting point for the study of the formal relationships betwen shapes. 


William Scott represented Britain at the 1958 Venice Biennale and showed his work with the Hanover Gallery, London; Martha Jackson in New York, Italy,  Switzerland, Germany and France; and the Dawson Gallery, Dublin; among  others.


Retrospectives of his work have been held at the Tate, London (1972);  the Ulster Museum, Belfast, Guinness Hop Store, Dublin and National Galleries  of Scotland (1986); IMMA, Dublin (1998) and the Jerwood Gallery (2013).