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Garth Bland Scott (Born London 1931)
Educated, more or less, at many primary schools and at Hitchen, Chesterfield and Dartford Boys' Grammar Schools. His studies at Bromley School of Art were interrupted by two years National Service. On release from the army, resumed NDD course at Bromley, but also began attending weekly evening class at the Borough Polytechnic under David Bomberg, along with Dennis Creffield (who had also left Bromley, dissatisfied with the tuition), Roy Oxlade, and Anthony Hatwell. Scott and Oxlade were offered the same ultimatum by the principal and vice-principal at Bromley: "Choose between:
(1) Stop drawing in the "Bomberg idiom"
(2) Take up pottery or fabric design "Where it would not show"
(3) Or leave....
Oxlade chose the fabric design option and went on to get his degree. Scott left Bromley, and struggled to continue painting while earning a living at numerous casual employments. Hatwell was a sculptor and so not considered such a threat.
Scott has only exhibited by invitation:
Walker's Galleries: "The Borough Bottega," 1955 when Fleet Street was on strike, so the only notice was in the Manchester Guardian and Stephen Bone was grudgingly complimentary about a painting of Scott's and another of Roy Oxlade's, and was dismissive of Bomberg's contribution!
"David Bomberg The Teacher" October 1986 at 15, Bury Walk SW3
"Bomberg and his students" South Bank University, 1992
Some of his work was included at "The Borough Movement with Bomberg" at the Westbourne Gallery 1989.
Most of Scott's work is landscape in oils or charcoal, but recently he has begun using pastels. Sadly, he was unable to accept Bomberg's invitation to join him in Ronda in 1956, and so never saw him again.
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