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Patrick Scott, 1921–2014

Gold Painting 341965

Scott’s love of gold ground was fostered on journeys to Venice and Ravenna in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Arguably his signature expression, his Gold paintings are an absolutely modern revivifying of the art of formalistic meditative sign. Like the stylized ancient arts of the East or the art of the Eastern Orthodox icon makers, the spare elegance and symmetry of his Gold paintings lends to limitless repetition and renewal within a set of invariable rules. ‘Gold Painting 34’ demonstrates the enduring and emblematic power of Scott’s work in gold leaf and tempera on raw canvas, where rectilinear bands of gold bisect the picture plane, repeated across 4 ’tiles’ stacked together.

MediumGold leaf and tempera on canvas
Dimensions 246 x 246 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift by Bank of Ireland, 1999
Item NumberIMMA.1276
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Patrick Scott, Gold Painting 34, 1965, Gold leaf and tempera on canvas, 246 x 246 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift by Bank of Ireland, 1999

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Patrick Scott 1921–2014

Patrick Scott is considered 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 in 1982, and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane in 2002 and 2014 when the exhibition ‘Patrick Scott: Image Space Light' brought together the most comprehensive representation of his 75 year long career.

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