The Arts Council has expressed its deep regret at the passing of Patrick Scott.
Born in Kilbrittain, Co. Cork in 1921, Patrick qualified as an architect and spent time in the office of Ireland's most important modernist architect, Michael Scott. While there, he worked on the progressive Busáras building in Dublin, including the design of that building's mosaics. He began painting full time in 1960, which was the year that he represented Ireland at the largest international art exhibition in the world, the Venice Art Biennale. His works have been exhibited worldwide and are in many public and private collections.
Speaking today, Sheila Pratschke, Chair Designate of the Arts Council said "Not only was Patrick Scott a singularly important painter with a wholly unique, elegant and sophisticated sensibility, but more broadly he had an enormous impact on the development of Ireland as a modern, culturally sophisticated society through his wider involvement with design and architecture.
"Patrick's generosity of spirit and passion for the visual arts was unwavering. This spirit remained with him throughout his life and was demonstrated to the Arts Council only recently, through his involvement with its "Into the Light" exhibitions, celebrating 60 years of the Arts Council and 50 years of its art collection. The centrality of Patrick's role in this initiative was critical, as he was so supremely placed to represent visual artists over those years."
Patrick Scott was appointed a Saoi of Aosdána in July 2007, where he was presented with a gold Torc by the then President of Ireland, Mary McAleese.
The Arts Council's thoughts are with Eric and all his many friends at this time.