Bill Scott: Imagining Spring

March 10 – April 27, 2016

Bill Scott - Imagining Spring, 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
Imagining Spring, 2014
Oil on canvas, 65 x 43 inches
Signed and dated lower right: "Bill Scott 14"
SOLD

Bill Scott - A Month in the Fall, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
A Month in the Fall, 2015
Oil on canvas, 43 x 59 inches
Signed and dated lower right: "Bill Scott 15"

Bill Scott - A Small Square in the City, 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
A Small Square in the City, 2014
Oil on canvas, 39 x 43 inches
Signed and dated lower right: "Bill Scott 14"

Bill Scott - A Wave of Leaves, 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
A Wave of Leaves, 2014
Oil on canvas, 26 x 26 1/8 inches
Signed and dated at upper left: "Bill Scott 14

Bill Scott - Always Night and Day, 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
Always Night and Day, 2014
Oil on canvas, 37 x 43 inches
Signed and dated lower left: "Bill Scott 14"

Bill Scott - An Aquarium of Flowers, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
An Aquarium of Flowers, 2015
Oil on canvas, 52 x 43 inches
Signed and dated lower left: "Bill Scott 15"

Bill Scott - Bird's Nest, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
Bird's Nest, 2015
Oil on canvas, 32 x 61 inches
Signed and dated at lower left: "Bill Scott 15"

Bill Scott - Butterfly, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
Butterfly, 2015
Oil on canvas, 48 x 45 inches
SOLD

Bill Scott - Early May I, 2014, print - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
Early May I, 2014
Aquatint with drypoint and etching in five colors
Plate: 24 x 12 1/2 inches, Paper: 30 x 22 1/2 inches

Bill Scott - Flowers Toward Landscape, 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
Flowers Toward Landscape, 2014
Oil on linen, 36 x 42 inches
SOLD

Bill Scott - Hydrangea I, 2013, print - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
Hydrangea I, 2013
Aquatint with drypoint and etching in five colors
Plate: 20 x 18 inches, Paper: 27 x 22 inches

Bill Scott - Imagining Spring, 2015, print - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
Imagining Spring, 2015
Aquatint with drypoint and etching in eight colors
Plate: 24 x 16 inches, Paper: 30 x 22 1/2 inches

Bill Scott - Lovely Weather, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
Lovely Weather, 2015
Oil on canvas, 32 x 61 inches
Signed and dated lower right: "Bill Scott 15"

Bill Scott - Mornings with Evan and Wyeth, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
Mornings with Evan and Wyeth, 2015
Oil on canvas, 32 x 42 inches
Signed and dated lower left: "Bill Scott 15"

Bill Scott - One Orange Left, 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
One Orange Left, 2014
Oil on canvas, 39 x 43 inches
Signed and dated lower right: "Bill Scott / 14"

Bill Scott - Perennials, 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
Perennials, 2014
Oil on wood, 32 x 24 inches
Signed and dated lower left: "Bill Scott 14"

Bill Scott - The Cherry Tree III, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
The Cherry Tree III, 2015
Aquatint with drypoint and etching in five colors
Plate: 24 x 12 1/2 inches, Paper: 30 x 22 1/2 inches

Bill Scott - The Last Days of August, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
The Last Days of August, 2015
Oil on linen, 43 x 39 inches
SOLD

Bill Scott - Tondo I, 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
Tondo I, 2014
Oil on canvas, Diameter: 16 inches
Signed and dated lower left: "Bill Scott 14

Bill Scott - Tracing Lines to the Lake, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
Tracing Lines to the Lake, 2015
Oil on canvas, 36 x 18 inches
Signed and dated upper left: "Bill Scott 15"

Bill Scott - Turning Time to Flowers, 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
Turning Time to Flowers, 2014
Oil on canvas, 45 x 57 inches
SOLD

Bill Scott - Where the Cricket Sings, 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Bill Scott (b. 1956)
Where the Cricket Sings, 2014
Oil on canvas, 65 x 43 inches
SOLD

Press Release

Hollis Taggart Galleries presents an exhibition of Bill Scott’s recent paintings, Bill Scott: Imagining Spring, opening on March 10, 2016, with a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. In addition to large-scale paintings, the show will also include four examples of the artist’s prints. Scott, born in 1956, lives and works in his native Philadelphia.

Imagining Spring is Scott’s sixth exhibition at Hollis Taggart and his first in three years. These new paintings bear ample traces of the singular approach to medium and color that has marked his productions over the past two decades, but at the same time they signal a new individuality in his art. Comprised of 24 paintings, there is a wide variety, from low and wide landscape orientated works to a new tondo format. All bear Scott’s characteristically coloristic approach, with activated surfaces formed of interweaving related tones in broad washes, scumbles, and glazes. The artist paints using brushes, knives, and in frottage techniques that expand the textural range of the laid pigments, resulting in remarkable surfaces comprised of shimmering planes of radiant color. Despite the considerable amount of visible gesture, the canvases are without impasto. The expressive energy that Scott achieves in the absence of relief is a remarkable testament to years spent honing his technique.

Late October (2015), Bird’s Nest (2015), and Lovely Weather (2015) represent Scott at his most richly individualized, confident in manner and execution in pictures that despite their cacophony of swirls, lines, slashes, overlaid forms, tones, and compositional variety from inch to inch, feel fully resolved. The relationship between the grand oil painting titled Imagining Spring (2014) and its similarly titled print (2015) sheds a fascinating light on Scott’s artistic process. A Month in the Fall (2015) is Scott at his most frenetic and active, and while the forms threaten to befuddle and elicit a state of unmanaged chaos, the superbly controlled colors, their harmonized tones, and their frequent recurrence across the canvas give the picture a stability within complexity. It is a painting that shows Scott at his more daring, new, and original. On the cusp of turning 60, these bold works reveal how Scott has advanced his distinctive vision.

Bill Scott began his career working informally with Jane Piper and Joan Mitchell and in studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has consistently channeled traditions of art in his work, acknowledging the impact of the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation, and in particular the pictures of Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Berthe Morisot. He has exhibited widely over the past thirty years at museum venues including Swarthmore College, Hollins University, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the National Academy Museum, and the University of Delaware.

Scott’s work is found in public collections throughout the United States, including the Delaware Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Munson- Williams-Proctor Institute Museum of Art, and the Woodmere Art Museum.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with an essay by Jason Rosenfeld, Ph.D., Distinguished Chair and Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College, author of John Everett Millais (2012), co-curator of River Crossings at Olana and Cedar Grove in Hudson and Catskill, New York (2015), Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde at Tate Britain, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Pushkin (2012-14), and John Everett Millais at Tate Britain and the Van Gogh Museum (2007-2008). He has also published on Marcel Dzama, Stephen Hannock, and Lionel Smit.

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