CUMBRIAN BLUE(S): A Solo Exhibition of Recent Works by Paul Scott

Cumbrian Blue(s): A Solo Exhibition of Recent Works by Paul Scott

July 19 through November 23, 2013
Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
Ronald E. Holstein Gallery

Cumbrian Blue(s): An Illustrated Journey through Gardens, Patterns, Factories, and Confected Landscapes
Friday, September 27, 2013 from 7 – 10 pm
Followed by a public reception during Gallery Night

Cumbrian Blue(s) presents the ceramic work of English artist Paul Scott, whose plates and platters emulate the look of mass produced consumer wares, using traditional blue and white motifs and patterns with his own twist. His works superimpose non-traditional images—modern wind turbines with an idyllic farm scene; a power plant with 18th century trees or German automobiles against an Orientalist scene of a pagoda—onto what otherwise could be an antique piece of China.

Scott’s research plays a key role in all aspects of his work—from investigating the technical methodologies of print transfers to the synthesis of historical form and contemporary artifact embodied in these works. His book Ceramics and Print, first published in 1994 and subsequently revised, was among the first to examine the synthesis of print and clay, exploring both methodologies and concepts. He is currently investigating old conservation methods of repairing ceramic forms—stapling and wiring. He holds a PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University for his research project, Ceramics and Landscape, Remediation and Confection, a Theory of Surface.

Paul Scott is based in the Cumbria region of northwestern England. His characteristic blue and white ceramics can be found in private and public collections around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The National Museum Stockholm Sweden; The Museum of Art and Design, New York; and the National Decorative Arts Museum, Norway. In July 2011, Scott was appointed Professor 2 at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) in Norway.