THE timing of the launch of the Patrick Scott exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Imma) in Dublin yesterday – just a day after he died at the age of 93 – was "magical and poignant", the artist's grieving partner Eric Pearce told the Sunday Independent.
"He chose a day of love and a full moon to bereave me. I have not yet quite come to terms with the enormity of it," Mr Pearce said.
Hundreds of people attended the launch of Scott's Image Space and Light, which became "not a memorial service but an occasion of celebration", Imma board chairman Eoin McGonigal told the assembly. He added: "There is no better way to remember and honour Patrick Scott than by gathering together in the presence of his work. There can be no more fitting tribute than this stunning exhibition."
The curator of the exhibition, Christina Kennedy, said Scott had a very direct input into the exhibition.
She told the Sunday Independent: "I had a lot of meetings with him and although he was not well enough to come, he was shown a film of the exhibition which Eric made for him."
She said the full silver moon on St Valentine's day made it feel as if the "stars had given Patrick a wonderful sendoff, and here today he is giving us a wonderful experience".
Those attending the launch included artists Anne Madden, Maria Simonds-Gooding and Stephen Pearce and singer Liam O Maonlai.
Mr McGonigal described Patrick Scott as "a defining figure of Irish art for over 79 years". He added that the retrospective exhibition was "a testament to his extraordinary career, life and achievements as an artist".
"He will be sorely missed by the arts community and Imma is honoured to pay tribute to one of Ireland's most important artists with this major exhibition," he said.
The exhibition runs until May 16.