Irish artist Patrick Scott was today honoured by the President of Ireland Mary McAleese at a ceremony to mark his election as Saoi in Aosdána.

Scott was a founder member of Aosdána, the Irish affiliation of creative artists.

Aosdána acknowledges its members' achievements through an award of honour known as Saoi.

This afternoon Scott was presented with a gold Torc, which is the symbol of the office of Saoi.

The members of Aosdána nominate and elect a Saoi and the current Saoithe are Louis Le Brocquy, Seamus Heaney, Anthony Cronin and Brian Friel.

Previous Saoithe include Samuel Beckett, Sean Ó Faoláin, Patrick Collins, Mary Lavin, Francis Stewart, Tony O'Malley and Benedict Kiely.

During her presentation, President McAleese made reference to the "extraordinary breadth" of material in which Scott, who trained as an architect, has worked, including mosaic design, abstract painting, tapestry and printmaking.

She also mentioned the his "enormous corpus of work which greatly enriches the store of Irish culture," calling it "a formidable ambassadorship for art at home, for art and Ireland abroad".

Scott, who was born in Co Cork in 1921, has painted full-time since 1960.

His works have been exhibited worldwide and are in many public and private collections, including the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin; Gulf Oil Corporation, Pittsburg; Ulster Museum, Belfast; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.