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An artist whose work changed markedly from rather traditional still
life painting to abstraction, William Scott was born in Scotland and at
age eleven, in 1924, moved with his family to County Fermanagh in
Northern Ireland. There he studied at the Model School and
took night classes from Kathleen Bridle at the Technical School.
In 1928, he enrolled in the Belfast College of Art, and in 1931, began
study on a Landseer Scholarship at the Royal Academy School in London.
In the late 1930s, he married and lived primarily in France including
the early years of World War II. He helped to run an art school
and then went to Dublin and then to London. From 1942 to 1946, he
served with the Royal Engineers of England, doing lithography as a map
From 1946 to 1956, he lived in Bath, England where he was a senior
lecturer at the Bath Academy of Art. During this period, he also
traveled to New York where he met and was much influenced by leading
abstract expressionists Jackson Pollock, Elaine de Kooning, Mark Rothko
and Franz Kline. It was at this point that his art expression
underwent a drastic change.
In 1954 and 1958, he had entries in the Venice Biennale as a
representative of Great Britain, and he also exhibited paintings in
Europe, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. In 1998,
curators of the Museum of Modern Art in Dublin organized a
retrospecitve exhibition of his work.
William Scott died in Bath in 1969.
include the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection of Artists and
the Dictionary of Ulster Biography.
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