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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Renowned Irish artist Patrick Scott has died, aged 93

Published 14/02/2014 | 14:01

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Artist Patrick Scott pictured with his partner Eric Pearce following their Civil Partnership ceremony at the Registry office in Dublin last November.
Christina Kennedy, curator and head of collections at IMMA
From left, Pat Moylan and Orlaith McBride of the Arts Council and Enda Kenny view Patrick Scott's 'Meditation'

Cork-born artist Patrick Scott has died, aged 93, has learned.

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The talented artist was due to be honoured with a major exhibition of his work from Sunday, showing across two venues as a single exhibition.

The exhibition "Patrick Scott: Image Space Light" was due to take place in Carlow's Visual theatre and IMMA in Dublin. The exhibition brings together the most comprehensive representation of this remarkable artist’s 75-year career.

Born in 1921 in Kilbrittain, Co Cork, Patrick Scott trained as an architect and didn’t become a full-time artist until 1960, having held his first exhibition in 1944.

He became a full-time artist when he won the National Prize at the Guggenheim International Award in 1960 and represented Ireland at the XXX Venice Biennale in the same year.

Patrick is best known for his gold paintings, abstracts incorporating geometrical forms in gold leaf. He also produces tapestries and carpets.

His paintings are in several important collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

In 2007, he was made a Saoi of the Aosdána, the highest honour that can be bestowed on an Irish artist.

On his wedding day last year to his long-term partner Eric Pearce, he wore a suit cream suit and a pink corsage.

Pearce, a renowned furniture-maker, and Scott, one of the nation's best-known artists, had known each other for more than three decades when they decided to tie the knot.

They met at a party in Dublin when Pearce was 20.

At that point Scott, a product of the faded Cork gentry, was one of the country's best-known modernist artists, having worked with the architect Michael Scott (no relation) on Busaras.

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