Irish Museum of Modern Art presents Patrick Scott: Image Space Light

Irish Museum of Modern Art presents Patrick Scott: Image Space Light

Showing across two venues as a single exhibition, Garden Galleries at IMMA and the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, present the work of Irish artist Patrick Scott with the exhibition now being extended until 22 June. Showcasing work from the artist’s 75 yearlong career, this is the most comprehensive collection of his work to be put together in Ireland.

More than 100 pieces are on display and come from a wide collection of media including his work as an architect, designer and artist. Splitting the work across two venues allows the IMMA to concentrate on Scott’s early works from the 1940s to the early 70s whereas, VISUAL displays works from the 1960s to the present.

The exhibition has been guest-curated by Artist Corban Walker for the Link Gallery in VISUAL and here he presents a site-specific installation responding to the theme of the grid in Scott’s work. Scott had early association with the White Stag Group in the 1940s and his work featured at the museum shows an abundance of birds, trees and railings, it was the 1950s that bought linear, quasi abstract works and he represented Ireland at the XXX Venice Biennale in 1960.

Presented in VISUAL is the second half of Scott career including Kite! a painting on linen six metres square. The exhibition also features a selection of the early Gold Paintings from 1964 onward, arguably Scott’s best known works, these are abstracts using geometrical forms in gold leaf.

As part of this exhibition there will also be an Artists Discussion on 15 May, where Mark Joyce (artist, Lecturer, IADT) will lead a discussion with other contemporary painters regarding Scott’s role in the history of modern abstract painting in Ireland looing at his work over 75 years of creation.

For more information about the exhibition, talks and the works of the Artist please visit:

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Old Dublin Rd, Carlow, Ireland and IMMA Royal Hospital, Military Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland.

1. Patrick Scott, Meditation Painting 28, 2006, Gold Leaf & acrylic on unprimed Canvas, 122 x 81 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, the artist, 2013