Thursday 18 January 2018

Goodbye to the 'Golden Boy' – artists celebrate Patrick Scott

Maria Doyle Kennedy and Liam O Maonlai perform during the celebrations at IMMA. Collins
Maria Doyle Kennedy and Liam O Maonlai perform during the celebrations at IMMA. Collins
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

MEMBERS of the artistic community gathered at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) to celebrate the life of that "handsome, debonair, courteous and charming 'Golden Boy' – the late artist Patrick Scott.

Scott's partner of 37 years, Eric Pearce, led the commemorative celebration in the Grand Hall and spoke of their "journey of companionship and love".

"I was his 'side mate' and I called him my 'soul kick'," he said. "His life overflowed with wonderful and loyal friendships and his art will reach out and inspire future generations."

Scott died in February this year, the day before a massive retrospective of his life was due to open at IMMA.

Born in Kilbrittain, Co Cork, in 1921, he studied architecture at UCD and worked as both an architect and a graphic designer but became a full-time artist in 1960 after representing Ireland at the XXX Venice Biennale.

Scott may be best known for the mosaics he designed at the Busaras terminal in Dublin and the black and orange livery on CIE trains. The colour scheme was inspired by the colouring of his pet cat, Miss Mouse.

The gregarious artist, who worked on Dublin's Baggot Lane, was known for his kindness, profound intelligence and sense of mischief.

Fellow artists and friends recalled anecdotes – including Scott's chance meeting with Marilyn Monroe.

"He was lion headed and lion hearted," TV producer Lelia Doolan said. "He was easy to be around; you'd be forgiven for forgetting he was a genius."

President Michael D Higgins attended the ceremony and spoke of the artist's talent.

"I think he was one of the most graceful and elegant people I've ever met," he said.

"I have a framed photo of his face hanging in the Aras."

Irish Independent

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