Published on the bittersweet occasion of Patrick Scott: Image Space Light at IMMA and VISUAL, Carlow.
In 2014, IMMA were delighted to present a major exhibition of the work of Irish artist Patrick Scott, showing across the two venues as a single exhibition. Patrick Scott: Image Space Light brought together the most comprehensive representation of this remarkable artist’s 75 year long career. Scott had his first exhibition in 1941 with the White Stag Group. Now 93, the exhibition brought together more than 100 pieces that illustrate the breadth and longevity of his career as an architect, designer and artist. The exhibition at IMMA concentrated on Scott’s early works from the 1940s to the early 70s while VISUAL displayed works from the 1960s to the present.
Artist Corban Walker was invited to guest-curate a selection of Patrick Scott’s works for the Link Gallery in VISUAL. Focusing on the theme of the grid in Scott’s work and responding to Scott’s graphic design work, Walker created a site-specific installation for the window area in the Link Gallery.
Born in 1921 in Kilbrittain, Co Cork, Patrick Scott passed away on 14 February 2014. From 1945 he spent 15 years working with Michael Scott in the architectural practice of what became Scott Tallon Walker, where his innate talent as an artist and designer developed in unison. He became a leading graphic designer with the Signa Design Consultancy (set up in 1953 by Michael Scott and Louis le Brocquy), all the while continuing to test various ideas in his painting. On winning a National Prize at the Guggenheim International Award in 1960 and representing Ireland at the XXX Venice Biennale in the same year, Scott became a full-time artist.