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b. 1945, New Zealand

Ian Scott Biography

Ian Scott’s practice has been characterised by changes in iconography which has been both praised and vilified by art critics. However, he has maintained a consistent interest in critiquing painting conventions and challenging beliefs that inform current art practice.

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Scott attended the University of Auckland School of Fine Arts (1964-67) and emerged in the late 1960s as a painter of ironic, Pop Art images of urban Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. In 1976 he began the Lattice series, orchestrating paintings of purely abstract, geometric patterns for the next ten years. 

In 1987 he began a series of constructed images of well-known New Zealand paintings, titled with words that highlighted the mythologies of modernism and post-modernist art. Following and concurrent with this series Scott created his most controversial works, the Model series (1995-2010). These works featured images appropriated from 'soft porn' positioned with famous modernist paintings, acknowledging commonalities in their subjects as objects of desire and ownership. 

Scott’s work is held in the collection of Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand; Victoria University Collection, Wellington, New Zealand; the Auckland Art Gallery and many other public and private collections in New Zealand.

Ian Scott Featured Artworks

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Small Lattice No. 286 by Ian Scott contemporary artwork painting
Ian ScottSmall Lattice No. 286, 2008Acrylic on canvas
60.5 x 60.5 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Painting Wall by Ian Scott contemporary artwork painting
Ian ScottPainting Wall, 1992Silkscreen and acrylic on canvas
174 x 125 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Paint Application by Ian Scott contemporary artwork painting
Ian ScottPaint Application, 1992Silkscreen and acrylic on canvas
76.2 x 61 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Red Painter by Ian Scott contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ian ScottRed Painter, 1992Silkscreen and acrylic on canvas
76 x 115 cm
Michael Lett Contact Gallery
Batsman by Ian Scott contemporary artwork painting
Ian ScottBatsman, 1967Acrylic on canvas
86 x 81 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire
Harold Larwood by Ian Scott contemporary artwork painting
Ian ScottHarold Larwood, 1967Acrylic on canvas
86 x 81 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire
Jane on Blue by Ian Scott contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ian ScottJane on Blue, 1968–1970Oil on board
137 x 82 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire
Nigel at Anawhata by Ian Scott contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ian ScottNigel at Anawhata, 1968–1969Oil on board
137 x 163 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire

Ian Scott Recent Exhibitions

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