Swarthmore College's List Gallery to Feature 'Paintings: 2003-2008 by Bill Scott'
by Anita Pace
List Gallery at Swarthmore College is pleased to present Paintings: 2003-2008 by Bill Scott, 2008 Marjorie Heilman Visiting Artist, from Aug. 29 through Sept. 28. Scott will give a public lecture about his work on Sept. 11, 4:30 p.m., in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema. The List Gallery reception will follow, 5:30-7:00 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. A concurrent exhibition, Bill Scott: Drypoints, Echings, and Aquatints, will be on display in Swarthmore's McCabe Library. Both exhibitions are organized in cooperation with Hollis Taggart Galleries, N.Y. List Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This exhibition brings together approximately 16 oil paintings by Bill Scott, a Philadelphia artist who creates color-based abstract paintings and prints. Scott sometimes teasingly refers to himself as a "nearsighted realist" because his abstract works are full of references to the real world, with rectangles and squares suggesting buildings and windows and jagged lines echoing the tree branches visible from his studio.
In 1999, he began making etchings, drypoints, and aquatints with Philadelphia master printer Cindi R. Ettinger. Since that time, he has made an extended body of prints which have grown increasingly complex, with dense sinuous markings and bold colors. His McCabe Library exhibition will include various states of prints, a series of working proofs, and color trial proofs of different prints, giving the viewer a step-by-step tour of the artist's working methods.
In 2004, Scott received an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts. He has also received the Adolph & Clara Obrig Prize (2004) and the Benjamin Altman Prize (2008) from the National Academy Museum in New York. His works are in the collections of the Delaware Art Museum, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and Woodmere Art Museum. Two of his etchings have recently been acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Scott is represented by Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York and his work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in London, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. This will be Scott's first solo show of paintings in more than six years to be held in the Philadelphia area.
For more information contact: Andrea Packard 610-733-9771