Artist biography

English sculptor. He trained as an architect, and part-time as a sculptor at St Martin's School of Art from 1955 to 1959 under Anthony Caro when Caro was still working figuratively. Scott sought materials and technology that allowed the assembly of large, volumetric forms in unconventional ways. Scott's early polychrome sculptures were made of such diverse materials as fibreglass, acrylic sheet, glass and metal, used equally for their unique properties and the contrasts their combination afforded. Colour was always a function of materials, a way of differentiating or even of generating forms.

In the early 1970s, in works such as Counterpoint XXI (1974–5; Edmonton, Alta, A.G.), Scott combined thick acrylic slabs with correspondingly thick steel bars, exploiting contradictory qualities of transparency and brutal bulk, likeness and unlikeness. Gradually, opaque elements began to dominate, and by 1975 Scott was working exclusively in steel as in Mudra XV (1976; AC Eng), yet was dissatisfied. He admired sculpture characterised by a sense of tension and stress, analogous to the body in motion; for him steel that had already been processed was too inexpressive for his purposes. From c. 1980 Scott shaped his metal directly, forging contrasting complex elements with geometric forms in small but monumentally scaled sculptures. Dense, worked elements are used aggressively to embrace and activate space. By reconsidering the properties of abstract constructed sculpture, Scott expanded the possibilities and was an influence on younger British sculptors.

Bibliography
The New Generation (exh. cat. by I. Dunlop, London, Whitechapel A.G., 1965)
Tim Scott Sculpture, 1961–1967 (exh. cat. by C. MacInnes, London, Whitechapel A.G., 1967)
Tim Scott: The ‘Bird in Arras' Series (exh. cat. by K. Moffett, Boston, MA, Mus. F.A., 1973)
Tim Scott (exh. cat. by K. Wilkin, Edmonton, Alta, A.G., 1976)
Tim Scott—Skulpturen, 1961–1979 (exh. cat. by E. Franz, M. Pauseback and U. Weisner, Bielefeld, Städt. Ksthalle, 1979)
Tim Scott (exh. cat. by E. Franz and others, Brunswick, Kstver., 1988)

KAREN WILKIN

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