"It’s always a pleasure to visit the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, and its focus on Scott’s figure paintings and drawings offers up a lesser-known aspect of his work for detailed study." Andrew Lambirth, The Spectator
"Scott produced beautifully painted, perfectly balanced compostions...The delightful exhibition, William Scott: Divided Figure...concerntrates on the high point from the mid 1950s, when Scott returned from New York and represented Britain at the Venice Biennale." Jackie Wallschlarger, FT Weekend
William Scott: Divided Figure celebrates the centenary of the birth of Scott, one of the leading and most influential British painters of the 20th century and a central figure in European and American art. The exhibition is the second in a series of distinctive retrospectives taking place in art galleries across the UK and US throughout 2013. It focuses on Scott’s figure works, both on canvas and on paper, created between 1954-1973 when he was arguably at the height of his artistic career and propelled onto the international art stage.
The female nude was a recurring and key theme in Scott’s work. William Scott: Divided Figure highlights the artist’s exploration of the divide between abstraction and figuration, and the developments that took place throughout this crucial phase in his career. The exhibition features a number of Scott's early figure works, many of which have not been displayed in public for over thirty years.
The Jerwood Gallery’s exhibition includes photographs, exhibition catalogues and archive material generously loaned by the William Scott Archive and screenings of the 1984 film Every Picture Tells a Story, a touching and personal biography of the life of William Scott told by his son, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, James Scott.
The exhibition has been developed in conjunction with the William Scott Foundation.
You can hear Robert Scott, William Scott's son and Director of the Scott Foundation and Archive, discussing his father's life and work on Radio 4's Front Row here.