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Patrick Scott, 1921–2014

Small Rosc Symbol1967

Scott played a central role in the design of the first Rosc exhibition, held in 1967. His graphic designs often adapted indigenous cultural forms into modernist motifs. ‘Small Rosc Symbol’ created a syntax between Ireland’s ancient past and present. It not only encapsulated the various literary and cultural interpretations of the ancient Irish word Rosc, (meaning both ‘poetry of vision’ and ‘battle-cry’ suggesting, as it does, both an eye and an open mouth), but also conveyed the essence and timelessness of the stylised and near-abstract forms found on the carved stones and metalwork of ancient Ireland in a positive and progressive manner. As a graphic identity ‘Small Rosc Symbol’ appeared on the catalogue cover of Rosc 67, headed the press release, appeared on the invitation, as well as on other promotional material.

MediumOil on panel
Dimensions 152.4 x 152.4 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift, P.J. Carroll & Co. Ltd. Art Collection, 2005
Item NumberIMMA.1873
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Patrick Scott, Small Rosc Symbol, 1967, Oil on panel, 152.4 x 152.4 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift, P.J. Carroll & Co. Ltd. Art Collection, 2005

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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