The Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Eton: Artist Biography - MICHAEL SCOTT OBITUARY.

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MICHAEL SCOTT OBITUARY.

Michael Scott TOM NORMAND September 04 2006 Teacher and artist; born October 31, 1946; died August 29, 2006 Mick Scott will be fondly remembered by generations of grateful students who were privileged to attend his classes in sociology at Glasgow Caledonian University. A gifted lecturer, a generous tutor and an enthusiast for knowledge, he inspired his undergraduates with a passionate desire for learning. This aspiration he tempered with his personal example as a humane and humanist advocate of tolerance, and as a powerhouse of positive energy. Born into the fishing community of Peterhead, in Aberdeenshire, Mick moved to Hull in Yorkshire at the age of 10. He studied for a degree in politics at Liverpool University from 1965 until 1968. It was here that he met his lifelong partner, Gill. Thereafter his home was Glasgow, where, following a period of research at Glasgow University, he was awarded a lectureship at Glasgow College of Technology, now Glasgow Caledonian University. His specialism was the sociology of knowledge, and he has published in this field, but, more particularly, his interest was the sociology of culture. In truth, this last subject was an ingenious veil for his commitment to, and love of, fine art. His classes presented a treasure-store of ideas that revealed the splendours of the visual world. In a hot-house of debate, he delighted in advocating and contextualising paintings and artistic theory to an audience that was enthralled by this insight and enthusiasm. Mick taught these subjects, in his inimitable style, for a quarter of a century from 1971 until late in 1996 and his legacy is surely the legions of students who have been enriched by his guidance. Such a vocation might easily fill any one lifetime but Mick had the courage to follow the logic of his allegiance to fine art and became a painter. While still a full-time lecturer in sociology, he attended evening classes in drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art. Under the tutelage of John Boyd, who would become a mentor and friend, he experimented in the various styles of modern and modernist art, the very movements he would spend his working hours analysing and deconstructing. His primary interest, however, was in the subtle techniques of drawing and in the mysterious craft of painting in oil. Typically, he pursed these elusive skills with an extraordinary dedication and would triumph in both these arts. In 1978, Mick first exhibited his work at the Royal Glasgow Institute and would continue to show at their annual exhibition until 1992, receiving the prestigious David Cargill Sr award in 1989. During the 1980s and 1990s, his paintings were frequently accepted for exhibition in the summer shows at the Royal Academy, in London, and at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. In 1990, he was elected a professional member of the Society of Artists and Artist Craftsmen. And throughout the past two decades, he would hold annual shows of his work at the Portland Gallery, in London, at Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, in Glasgow, and at The Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, in Eton. His paintings are now held in private collections throughout the world and he is represented in the distinguished Fleming Collection of Scottish Art in London. As an artist, Mick developed from the abstract manner of late Cubism, inspired chiefly by Leger, into a lyrical and evocative painter of pastoral scenes. In this later and most characteristic phase, his composition was shaped by a love of the Italian masters and painters from the northern European Renaissance. Like these exemplars he had a taste for allegory, and, though his figurative paintings were contemporary in style, they nevertheless presented complex fables and parables on lifes varied seasons. One reviewer has written: This is surely a fulsome and thoughtful body of work. Replete with ideas, challenging in its detail, commanding in its execution and generous in its rewards to the contemplative viewer Mick was ever modest and self-deprecating in relation to his work, but it stands as a worthy testament to his exceptional talent. Through a difficult illness, Mick remained positive, conversing on art and life at every opportunity. A man entirely devoted to his family, he is survived by his wife, Gill, and his sons, Ben and Jonathan.

Nicholas Pritchard

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