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 Louise Scott  (1936 - 2007)

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Lived/Active: Ontario/Nova Scotia / Canada      Known for: modernist landscape painting, printmaking, illustration, teaching

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Louise Scott (1936 – 2007)

A painter, printmaker, illustrator and educator, Louise Scott was born in New York City and died in Montreal, Quebec, where she had lived since 1958. She immigrated to Canada, with her Canadian parents, when she was two years old and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and Lockeport, Nova Scotia (concurrently with Ottawa). Later, she also had a studio on Corkums Island, Nova Scotia (c.1995). Her works are in the permanent collections of several Canadian museums including the National Gallery of Canada. (1)

Her mediums included oils, watercolors, pastels, etchings, serigraphs, lithographs and mixed mediums. Her subjects included portraits, figures, family, nudes, clowns, oriental and medieval influenced images, genre, allegory, whimsy, symbolism, and social commentary. Her styles could be described as Fauvism*, Modernism*, Pop Art* and Primitivism*. The AskART illustrations of her work are excellent.

Her art education includes studies at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (1956 – 1958); and at the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts (the current name), Salzburg, Austria (1958), under Oscar Kokoschka. Scott taught briefly (1969 – 1970) as a lecturer in fine arts at Sir George William’s University (now Concordia University), Montreal. (2)

Her works were exhibited in the “Spring Exhibition”, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec (1964); “The Ontario Centennial Art Exhibition”, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (1967); “People and Places in Quebec: From Macamic to Montreal”, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts [shown at Man and His World, Montreal] (1974); “Quebec Fete”, Centre d’Art du Mont-Royal, Montreal (1975); “Les Femmeuses 88”,  Pratt & Whitney Canada, Longueuil, Quebec (1988); “Women Painters of Quebec”, Musee Marc-Aurele Fortin, Montreal (1990); and in “Gifts 1989 – 1994”,  Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, Quebec (1995).

Her first solo shows were at Galerie Libre, Montreal in 1965 and 1967. Since then her works were exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at numerous other prominent galleries such as the West End Gallery, Montreal; Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto; Galerie L' Art Français, Montreal; Masters Gallery, Calgary; Keenlyside Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.; Zwicker's Gallery, Halifax; and at Galerie Jean-Pierre Valentin, Montreal.

According to the Canadian Heritage Information Network* and individual museum websites, her works are in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax), Beaverbrook Art Gallery (Fredericton, New Brunswick), Galerie Montcalm (Gatineau, Quebec), Joliette Art Museum (Quebec), La Pulperie (Chicoutimi, Quebec), Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Concordia University, Montreal), Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art (Quebec), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Quebec), Musee de Charlevoix (La Malbaie, Quebec), Musee de Lachine (Montreal), Quebec Museum of Fine Arts (Quebec City), Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa, Ontario), Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts (Quebec), and the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa).
 
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(1) Scott illustrated the 1980 Aviva Layton children’s book "The Squeakers" (see AskART book references).

(2) Some biographies of Scott (e.g. Galerie Jean-Pierre Valentin and Westbridge) allude to a teaching career at Sir George Williams University and later at its successor Concordia University. However, they do not provide any dates, so, in an effort to improve the record we asked Concordia University if they could help. Their Archivist/Records Officer kindly checked the Sir George Williams University calendars from 1956 to 1974 (the last year of Sir George Williams University) and the Concordia Calendars from 1999 to 2003, a time frame when Westbridge says Scott was still active at the university. The search revealed only one academic year –  1969/1970 –  where Louise Scott was listed in the calendar, then as a ‘Part-Time Lecturer in Fine Arts.’ Source: Vincent Ouellette, Archivist/Records Officer, Concordia University (by phone and email May 28, 2014).

Sources:
A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Volume 8, Safdie to Smith (2006), by Colin S. MacDonald (see AskART book references)

The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar (see AskART book references)

Magazin’art: Biennial Guide to Canadian Artists in Galleries, 2000 – 2001  (2000), edited by Lise Goulet and Jean-Guy Thibault (see AskART book references)

By A Lady (1992), by Maria Tippett (see AskART book references)

Canadian Heritage Information Network* (Museums)

Galerie Jean-Pierre Valentin, Montreal (CV)

Obituary – “Louise Scott, Artist 1936 – 2007”, by M.J. Stone; The Globe and Mail, Monday, March 26, 2007

Vincent Ouellette, Archivist/Records Officer, Concordia University

* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see AskART.com. Glossary http://www.askart.com/AskART/lists/Art_Definition.aspx.

Written and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke.
 
 
 


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