29th March 2019
Talk: William Scott and his Circle: from Dylan Thomas to Mark Rothko
with Jon Benington, Manager, Victoria Art Gallery
This talk explores Scott’s path from figuration to abstraction, ranging from 1928 as a precocious 15-year old schoolboy in Northern Ireland, leading up to 1953 when he met and befriended Mark Rothko in New York. Coming from a working class background, Scott developed an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time, whilst gravitating towards the most progressive developments in French and American art. Inspired early on by Matisse, Picasso, Braque and de Stael, throughout his career he focused on the fundamentals of painting – the language of colour selection, shape placement and form definition. This talk by Jon Benington charts Scott’s journey with the aid of works by the artists who influenced him – both from the past and amongst his contemporaries. Through these connections Jon sheds light on the artistic development and social circle of an artist who lived near Bath for almost 50 years.
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