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Patrick Scott

Patrick Scott (1921-2014) was an Irish painter best known for his “Gold Paintings,” which feature geometric forms made from gold leaf against dappled, solid backgrounds. He also produced tapestries and carpets. His work is distinguished by its calm purity, which reflects the artist’s interest in Zen Buddhism. Scott had his first exhibition in 1944, but did not become a full time artist until 1960, working instead as an architect for fifteen years. He assisted in designing the central bus terminal in Dublin, and is responsible for the orange color scheme of Irish intercity trains.

Scott’s paintings are part of several important collections, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has had major career retrospectives at both the Douglas Hyde Gallery and the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. In 2007, Scott was awarded the title of “Saoi,” or “Master,” the highest honor given by the Irish association of artists, Aosdána, of which he is a founding member.

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