Geometric

The ongoing ‘Geometrics’ paintings, with their lustrous surfaces of pigment and glaze-covered joss paper, reveal Scott’s enduring fascination with the Modernist grid. With their repeated motifs of squares they reference Mondrian, Minimalism and the 20th century history of abstract painting. They may also be understood as a reference to the ancient geomancers’ grid of Beijing’s central axis, still today lying beneath the modern steel and glass city. In Beijing this grid is the basis of all journeys - north to south, and east to west. If Mondrian could make ‘Broadway Boogie Woogie’ after visiting Manhattan, perhaps behind the sheer beauty of works such as Scott’s ‘Geometrics’ numbers 16, 17 and 18 we can see an embedded grid of ancient hutong laneways and courtyards. 

The ‘Temple’ series moves the formalism of the ‘Geometrics’ into something more meditative and contemplative. As in the Geometrics there are references to architecture, to the interlocking sequences of courtyards and pathways in a Buddhist temple complex, and to repeated rows of columns and gateways. More than this, though, there is a pervasive sense of calm and order – a hard-won treasure in the urban chaos of Beijing.

Geometrics 33
2011, Acrylic, pigment on canvas, 100x100cm
Geometrics 34
2011, Acrylic, pigment on canvas, 100x100cm
Temple Series 3
2010, Joss paper, acrylic, oil, pigment on board, 80x80cm
Temple Series 6
2010, Joss paper, acrylic, oil, pigment on board, 80x80cm
Temple Series 9
2010, Joss paper, acrylic, oil, pigment on board, 80x80cm
Temple Series13
2010, Joss paper, acrylic, oil, pigment on board, 80x80cm
Small geometrics 8
2011, Joss paper, acrylic, oil, pigment on canvas board, 60x60cm
Small geometrics 9
2011, Joss paper, acrylic, oil, pigment on canvas board, 60x60cm
Small geometrics 11
2011, Joss paper, acrylic, oil, pigment on canvas board, 60x60cm
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Geometric 16
2011, Acrylic, pigment on canvas,120x100cm
Geometric 17
2011, Acrylic, pigment on canvas,120x100cm
Geometric 18
2011, Acrylic, pigment on canvas,120x100cm
Geometric 20
2011, Acrylic, pigment on canvas,120x100cm
Geometric 23
2011, Acrylic, pigment on canvas,120x100cm
Geometric - Guangzhou 1
2011, Acrylic, pigment on canvas,120x100cm
Geometric - Guangzhou 3
2011, Acrylic, pigment on canvas,120x100cm
Geometric - Guangzhou 2
2011, Acrylic, pigment on canvas,120x100cm
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Temple Series
2013, Joss paper, acrylic, oil, pigment on canvas board, 20x26 cm
Temple Series 3
2013, Joss paper, acrylic, oil, pigment on canvas board, 20x26 cm
Temple Series 4
2013, Joss paper, acrylic, oil, pigment on canvas board, 20x26 cm
Temple Series 2
2013, Joss paper, acrylic, oil, pigment on canvas board, 20x26 cm
Temple series 21
2013, Joss paper, acrylic, oil, pigment on canvas board, x 4, 20x26 cm each
Temple Series 5
2013, Joss paper, acrylic, oil, pigment on canvas board, 200x140 cm
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