William Scott (artist)

William Scott CBE RA (15 February 1913 – 28 December 1989) was a Northern Irish artist, known for still-life and abstract painting. He is the most internationally celebrated of 20th-century Ulster painters.[1] His early life was the subject of the film Every Picture Tells a Story, made by his son James Scott.[2]

William Scott
Photo of William Scott by James Scott in 1959.jpg
William Scott in 1959 (during a visit by Mark Rothko photo by James Scott)
Born(1913-02-15)February 15, 1913
DiedDecember 28, 1989(1989-12-28) (aged 76)
Coleford, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Known forPainting


Scott represented Britain in 1958 at the Venice Biennale. He exhibited at the Hanover Gallery in London, at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York, Italy, Switzerland, West Germany, France, the Kasahara Gallery in Japan, Canada and Australia, at the Dawson Gallery, Dublin,[3] as well as Belfast.[4] Retrospectives of his work were held at the Tate Gallery, London in 1972, in Edinburgh, Dublin and Belfast in 1986, by the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin in 1998[1] and the Jerwood Gallery in 2013.[5]

Selected worksEdit


  1. ^ a b "William Scott". Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection Artists. Retrieved 6 July 2009.
  2. ^ The Times, 22 March 1985.
  3. ^ "Selected Solo Exhibitions – William Scott CBE RA (1913-1989)". Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  4. ^ "William Scott". Dictionary of Ulster Biography (1993). Retrieved 6 July 2009.
  5. ^ "Retrospective of work of distinguished British painter". Rye and Battle Observer. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  6. ^ Gompertz, Will (2 November 2016). "What does David Bowie's art say about him?". BBC News. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  • 'William Scott' Norbert Lynton, Thames & Hudson (2003)

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