William Scott Centenary

This year marks the centenary of the birth of British painter, William Scott.

Reclining Red Nude, 1956 by William Scott

A series of exhibitions all over the UK are to mark the occasion, but one of the most exciting retrospectives will take place at Jerwood Gallery, in the seaside town of Hastings. William Scott: Divided Figure will focus solely on Scott’s figurative work over two decades, between 1954 and 1973.

“Scott produced an extraordinary body of work during his career, which influenced artists not only in Britain but internationally,” says Liz Gilmore, Director of Jerwood Gallery. “His movement between abstraction and figuration, a central theme in our exhibition, was key to his development as an artist and part of his enduring significance and influence. Although eminent in the art world, Scott’s work has remained relatively unknown to the general public. The series of exhibitions that are taking place this year as part of the Scott centenary will, I hope, enlighten many to the importance of his contribution to British art.”

The Jerwood Gallery, Hastings

The exhibition will include paintings which have not been seen by the public for over 30 years, as well as photographs and exhibition catalogues loaned by the William Scott Archive. There will also be a screenings of the 1984 film Every Picture Tells a Story, a personal biography of the life of William Scott told by his son, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, James Scott.

William Scott, was born in Greenock, Scotland and studied at the Royal Academy Schools in London. He represented Great Britain in 1958 at the Venice Biennale and was elected Royal Academician in 1984, five years before he passed away. His successes in a six-decade career made him one of the most influential painters of the 20th century and his work has inspired generations of artists.

William Scott: Divided Figure at the Jerwood Gallery, from 27 April until 10 July.