Patrick Scott was born in Kilbrittain, Co Cork, and trained as an architect. 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. Two landmark achievements in 1960 prompted Scott’s decision to turn to art full-time: winning a National Prize at the Guggenheim International Exhibition and representing Ireland at the 30th Venice Biennale.1
Scott pieces at The Doyle Collection include Orange Device, on display at The Westbury in Dublin; and TANGRAM I (2004) and TANGRAM II (2014), which hang in the newly refurbished Drawing Room at The Kensington, in London’s elegant South Kensington.
TANGRAM I and TANGRAM II are great examples of Scott’s later style which shows a ‘powerful current of Orientalism’2 both based on the Chinese puzzles of the same name and are fashioned out of carborundum and gold leaf. Tangrams are dissection puzzles, consisting of seven flat shapes called tans which are connected together to form shapes. Artists and designers have been inspired by these puzzles and have used the principles of the game to sharpen the powers of observation through the discovery of resemblances between geometric and natural forms and as a tool for abstraction. The tangram is thought to have been invented in China during the Song Dynasty and later introduced to Europe by trading ships in the early 19th century. The two pieces hang together as a striking pair, framed beautifully in gold, perfectly complimenting the hotel’s period architecture and the soft jewel tones and gold accents in the space.
To see this beautiful piece in person please visit the drawing room at The Kensington.
1 Patrick Scott IMMA Exhinition Image Space & Light Feb – June 2014
2 Brian Fallon Editor of Conor Fallon 2014