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Scott’s use of thick paint arranged in areas that intersect like blocks signalled his allegiance to European painting as opposed to American. In the 1950s, European artists were seen to value the material of the paint itself while the work of the American Abstract Expressionists was characterised by its expansive scale. In fact, both shared some basic concerns and even retained a concern with subject matter. Scott used such still life objects as saucepans as a starting point. There are, however, often allusions to the human figure: here a pepper pot becomes distinctly phallic.

February 2010