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(1945 – 2013)

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.

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Red Light, May, 1985 by Ian Scott contemporary artwork painting
Ian Scott Red Light, May, 1985, 1985 Acrylic on canvas
102 x 76.5 cm
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Asymmetrical Lattice #17, 1983 by Ian Scott contemporary artwork painting
Ian Scott Asymmetrical Lattice #17, 1983, 1983 Acrylic on canvas
170.5 x 129 cm
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Fast Summer, January, 1984 by Ian Scott contemporary artwork painting
Ian Scott Fast Summer, January, 1984, 1984 Acrylic on canvas
73.5 x 228 cm
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Untitled, 1984 by Ian Scott contemporary artwork painting
Ian Scott Untitled, 1984, 1984 Acrylic on canvas
226 x 110 cm
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Lattice #39 by Ian Scott contemporary artwork painting
Ian Scott Lattice #39, 1978 Acrylic on canvas
120 x 120 cm
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Grey Glow by Ian Scott contemporary artwork painting
Ian Scott Grey Glow, 1974 Spray paint and acrylic on canvas
100 x 55 cm
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Cool Light by Ian Scott contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ian Scott Cool Light, 1974 Spray paint and acrylic on canvas
60.5 x 38 cm
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Untitled by Ian Scott contemporary artwork painting
Ian Scott Untitled, 1976 Spray paint and acrylic on canvas
107 x 74 cm
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