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In contrast to the aesthetic of controlled restraint which dominate Patrick Scott’s oeuvre, the Gestural Drawings such as ‘E 10’ and ‘E 13’ appear to be the outcome of spontaneous and impulsive actions. Executed by whipping ink onto paper using a ‘wand’ made from fabric fastened to a cane, the Gestural Drawings demand to be considered in terms of the circumstances in which they were made. Documentations of physical movement, these drawings were produced intermittently over a period of many years at Scott’s restored farmhouse and studio in Ballynabrocky, Co. Wicklow.

MediumInk on paper
Dimensions63.5 x 48.3 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift, P.J. Carroll & Co. Ltd. Art Collection, 2005
Item NumberIMMA.1877
Image Caption
Patrick Scott, E13, 1978, Ink on paper, 63.5 x 48.3 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift, P.J. Carroll & Co. Ltd. Art Collection, 2005

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About the Artist

Patrick Scott 1921–2014

Patrick Scott is recognised as one of the first exponents of pure abstraction in Irish art and a significant contributor to the development of modernist design in Ireland. He was elected a Saoi of Aosdána in 2007. Retrospectives of his work were held at the Douglas Hyde Gallery (1982) and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (2002) and a seminal 2014 exhibition ‘Patrick Scott: Image Space Light' which brought together the most comprehensive representation of this remarkable artist’s 75 year long career.
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