On 12 August 1942, William Scott’s brother Hugh was killed on board HMS Indomitable in ‘Operation Pedestal’ off the coast of Malta. The aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable was on its way to rendezvous in Freetown, under Captain T H Troubridge with the code name Force K.
Based in London, whilst serving in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Scott returned home to Enniskillen on compassionate leave.
To celebrate the life of the artist Claes Oldenburg, who passed away at the age of 93, James Scott is making his dual screen film The Great Ice Cream Robbery, featuring Oldenburg, available to stream until July 26th 2022.
An Orchard of Pears, No. 15
1976 or 1977
Oil on canvas
39.6 × 46.7 cm / 15½ × 18½ in approx.
Collection of ING Commercial Banking UK
This work was one of in the An Orchard of Pears Series. Charcoal lines visible under the paint indicate that Scott altered the position of several of the pears.
It was reproduced as An Orchard of Pears XV, 1976, at the Gallery Kasahara exhibition of 1977.
In 1988 it was purchased by the Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, and in November 1992 it was included in a sale at Sotheby’s, London. Later, it was acquired by Barings Bank which, after its collapse in 1995, became ING Bank NV, becoming part of the ING Collection.
The ING Collection is an award winning corporate collection, focused on forward looking art. ING UK have selected An Orchard of Pears, No. 15 as their work of their month.
With the exhibition Living the landscape – Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and the artists of St. Ives 1939-1975, Museum Belvédère is the first museum in the Netherlands to pay attention to a special chapter in the history of modern art in Great Britain.
World-renowned artists such as Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth turned the picturesque coastal town of St. Ives in Cornwall into a dazzling international arts center. The many artists who settled there for a short or longer period of time were mainly inspired by the age-old landscape, the sea and the connection between the local population and its environment. Far away from the big art centers and current developments, they found a personal style tailored to light, land and space. Continue reading “Living the Landscape”
A revelatory new take on art in Britain after the Second World War, a period when artists had to make sense of an entirely altered world.
Postwar Modern explores the art produced in Britain in the wake of a cataclysmic war. Certainty was gone, and the aftershocks continued, but there was also hope for a better tomorrow. These conditions gave rise to an incredible richness of imagery, forms and materials in the years that followed.
Focusing on ‘the new’, Postwar Modern features 48 artists and around 200 works of painting, sculpture, photography, collage and installation. It explores the subjects that most preoccupied artists, among them the body, the post-atomic condition, the Blitzed streetscape, private relationships and imagined future horizons. As well as reconsidering well-known figures, the exhibition foregrounds artists who came to Britain as refugees from Nazism or as migrants from a crumbling empire, in addition to female artists who have tended to be overlooked.
Centred on the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham, the decades following the Second World War, saw an explosion of creative printmaking in this corner of Wiltshire. The first in a series of displays celebrating the Golder-Thompson Gift to Chippenham Museum, the exhibition will include works by Clifford & Rosemary Ellis, Gillian Ayres, Howard Hodgkin, William Scott and many more.
See six decades of British art through one versatile medium.
Including works by Edward Bawden, Peter Blake, Tracey Emin, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Chris Ofili, Grayson Perry, Rachel Whiteread, William Scott, amongst others, this extraordinary exhibition features over 100 prints by 90 different artists.
From wood engravings and etchings to lithographs and screenprints, printmaking enabled artists to expand their practice to explore new creative possibilities. Showcasing a wide range of artists, styles and techniques, this exhibition celebrates the extraordinary upsurge of printmaking from the 1960s to now.
Secretary of State Brandon Lewis has announced a major art exhibition to showcase Northern Ireland’s creative talent as part of the Northern Ireland Office’s Centenary programme. The Portrait of Northern Ireland: Neither an Elegy nor a Manifesto exhibition will feature over 100 artists who have explored perspectives of Northern Ireland’s people and landscapes from the 1920s until the present day.
The small Cornish harbour town of St Ives has always attracted artists because of its exceptional light and dramatic surrounding countryside.
But in the mid-20th century, it became more than a seaside retreat. It became a centre for modern art.
Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson moved there at the outbreak of the Second World War. They were later joined by others including William Scott, Patrick Heron, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Terry Frost and Denis Mitchell.