Irish artist Patrick Scott has died aged 93

Friday 14 February 2014 21.53
A retrospective exhibition of Patrick Scott's work is to go ahead tomorrow
A retrospective exhibition of Patrick Scott's work is to go ahead tomorrow

Renowned Irish artist Patrick Scott has died at the age of 93.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art announced the death on behalf of Mr Scott's partner, Eric Pearce and his family.

A retrospective exhibition ‘Patrick Scott: Image Space Light’, which due to open tomorrow in IMMA and VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, will go ahead as planned.

Mr Scott, who was born in Cork, qualified as an architect and worked on the progressive Busáras building in Dublin before beginning painting full time in 1960.

He was a winner of a National Prize at the Guggenheim International Award in 1960 and represented Ireland at the XXX Venice Biennale in the same year.

His works have been exhibited worldwide and are in many public and private collections.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan expressed his sorrow at Mr Scott's death.

Minister Deenihan said: "His was an extraordinary talent, and his work has been a guiding light in the Irish art world for many decades.” 

The Arts Council also expressed regret.

Chair Designate Sheila Pratschke said "Not only was Patrick Scott a singularly important painter with a wholly unique, elegant and sophisticated sensibility, but more broadly he had an enormous impact on the development of Ireland as a modern, culturally sophisticated society through his wider involvement with design and architecture.”