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.Read More
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.