William Scott was one of the first artists in Britain, along with Patrick Heron, to develop a dialogue with America’s Abstract Expressionists and to evolve this influence into an independently British movement. Although born in Scotland in 1913, he is generally held by the Irish to be one of their own, having grown up in Northern Ireland from the age of 9 and having studied at the Belfast School of Art. Scott matured into an internationally famous artist, and at the height of his career he would represent Great Britain at the Venice Biennale.
His early career was varied. Studies at the Royal Academy Schools, of both sculpture and painting, preceded travels, studies, exhibitions and the establishment of an art school in France. World War II forced him to return to England and he joined the Army, becoming a lithographic draughtsman with the Royal Engineers. After the war, he took up the position of Senior Painting Master at the Bath Academy of Art at Corsham Court. His painting, until the early 1950s was realistic in style with a preoccupation for still-life, although this soon changed. Scott travelled frequently to Cornwall where he had become friends with many of the St Ives Group of artists.
William Scott’s works are in the collections of many major museums and galleries and both his distinctive paintings and prints command high prices at auction.