Paul ScottBorn: 1953
Paul Scott lives and works in rural Cumbria. He has been a professional artist for over thirty years and is best known for his research into ceramics and print. He creates individual pieces that are exacting and critical, blurring the boundaries between fine art and design. A leading proponent of ceramics and print, he has been instrumental in demonstrating the contemporary creative potential of a combination used in industry for hundreds of years to mass-produce decorative wares and tiles. In 2010, he designed thirty linear metres of the record breaking Hanoi Mosaic Mural in Vietnam. Confected, Borrowed and Blue... an Installation by Paul Scott toured throughout 2015 - 2016 at various locations throughout the UK.
'Over the years, my artworks have commemorated and examined a range of issues, from the Foot and Mouth crisis to the impact of energy extraction and production on our environment… I have inserted nuclear and coal fired power stations as well as wind turbines into pastoral landscapes, exploratory oil rigs in pristine arctic locations – and placed landscapes with fracking rigs onto cracked platters. In March 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan was enveloped by tidal waves following the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The ensuing events cut power to water-cooling pumps and nuclear fuel rods melted down, creating the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s) Fukushima series commemorates the event. All works have been made on Willow pattern platters made in Japan. Although the Willow Pattern was originally made in late eighteenth century Staffordshire to imitate Chinese porcelain wares, it is a jumbled confection of designs with decorative details incorporating elements not only of Chinese porcelain but also Japanese Imari ware. It has been produced all over the world. I collaged an erased piece of an old English Willow pattern platter (c.1840) into the scene. I removed the original print and replaced it with an in-glaze print after Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock print The Great Wave off Kanagawa (c.1830). The nuclear power plant can be seen behind garden buildings.’ - Paul Scott, 2016
Public and Private Collections include:
Victoria & Albert Museum, London; National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; Government Art Collection, UK; New York Historical Society, USA; National Museum of Wales, Cardiff; The National Museum Stockholm, Sweden; The National Decorative Arts Museum, Norway; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA; Tullie House Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery.
Paul Scott was the subject of a solo exhibition 'Cuttings, Ruins, Refugees and Wild Roses' that formed part of our Festival exhibition programme in August 2016.
Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), Landscape (Wil Hefe and Rocd Rosort)2018collage, cut and re-assembled 19th century transferware platters Wild Rose unknown maker and Castle Rochefort by Brameld with KintsugiH:21cm W:26.8cm D:2.8cm£2,500 (pair)
Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), Landscape,Wil Low, Wil Low2018collage, cut and re-assembled transferware plates Spode Willow test, salvaged from closed Spode Works 2009, and Egersund Norsk Willow plate with KintsugiH:17cm W:17cm D:2.3cmSold
Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), Landscape, Willow Italian and Italian Willow2018collage, cut and reassembled 19th century Willow and Spode’s Italian transferware platter with KintsugiH:23cm W:31cm£2,500 (pair)
Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), Willow In A Box2016Sliced early 19th century willow pattern pearlware bowl with gold leaf set in re-purposed trayH:37cm W:29.5cm£3,200
Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), Wildflower (After Tom Petty) No.22016Collage, cut details from assorted transferwares with sliced claypipe and gold leafH:28.5cm W:38cm£2,950
Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), Ruin No. 32016collage, cut details from assorted transferware plates, with gold leaf in re-purposed print trayH:37cm W:29.5cm£3,650
Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), Garden After Stephenson & Mi Youren2014collage, nineteenth century Staffordshire transferware plate by Stephenson with Chinese porcelain platter by unknown makerH:25.3cm W:28.7cm£1,850Photograph: William Van Esland
Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), Scenery (USA)2013in-glaze decal collage and gold lustre on Mahomedan Mosque and Tomb plate by J.Hall & Sons c.1825D:25cm£950
Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), Flower Pot No 5 and No 92016cut detail from early 19th and 20th century transferware plates with gold lustre, coarse sand and gravel in terracotta potH:12-14cm W:8-9cm£195 - £275