PAUL SCOTT

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Pearlware, Polish, and Privilege: Artwork by Paul Scott

2022-2023 | Solo Exhibition at  LSU Museum of Art | Baton Rouge, LA

Pearlware, Polish, and Privilege: Artwork by Paul Scott  Featuring works from New American Scenery, on view October 27, 2022–February 26, 2023

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NEW AMERICAN SCENERY: The Art of Paul Scott

2022-2023 | Solo Exhibition at The Albany Institute of History & Art | Albany, NY

New American Scenery Has been exhibiting internationally since 2019.
This exhibition features the artwork of Scott, paired with transferwares, prints and paintings from the Albany Institute’s collection.

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CURRENT + RECENT

ABOUT

English, b. 1953
lives and works in Cumbria, UK

Paul Scott is a Cumbrian-based artist with a diverse practice and an international reputation. Creating individual pieces that blur the boundaries between fine art, craft and design, he is well known for research into printed vitreous surfaces, as well as his characteristic blue and white artworks in glazed ceramic.

Scott’s artworks can be found in public collections around the globe – including The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design Norway, the Victoria and Albert Museum London, National Museums Liverpool, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh and Brooklyn Art Museum USA. Commissioned work can be found in a number of UK museums as well as public places in the North of England, including Carlisle, Maryport, Gateshead and Newcastle Upon Tyne. He has also completed large-scale works in Hanoi, Vietnam and Guldagergård public sculpture park in Denmark.

A combination of rigorous research, studio practice, curation, writing and commissioned work ensures that his work is continually developing. It is fundamentally concerned with the re-animation of familiar objects, landscape, pattern and a sense of place. He was Professor of Ceramics at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) from 2011–2018. Scott received his Bachelors of Art Education and Design at Saint Martin’s College and Ph.d at the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design in Manchester, England.

His current research project New American Scenery has been enabled by an Alturas Foundation artist award, Ferrin Contemporary, and funding from Arts Council England. More on New American Scenery, here.

Paul Scott is represented by Ferrin Contemporary in the USA and The Scottish Gallery in Scotland.

ON HIS WORK

Paul Scott, a material-based conceptual artist, creates ceramic work that blurs the boundaries between art, craft, and design. With a penchant for rescuing cast-offs, he restores them to a new life by using them as a canvas for biting social commentary. His work tells stories that explore the unexpected movement of images through materials, media, cultures, politics, histories, and geographies, inviting us to see these objects in a new way.

Scott is an authority on printed vitreous surfaces. His research, artwork, and book, Ceramics in Print, has been instrumental in the phenomenal growth of printmaking techniques in contemporary ceramics.

Scott’s latest book, Horizon: Transferware and Contemporary Ceramics, co-edited with Knut Astrup Bull, explores the complex journey of ideas and images to their realization in blue and white, then multicoloured tablewares. Blending historical enquiry with contemporary practice, the book illustrates how artists re-appropriate this historical genre. Text and visual essays explore unexpected political and cultural themes, changing the way we view these familiar objects.

In the fall of 2013, Scott, a resident of the UK, traveled in the US, visiting museum collections of transferware and participating in artist residencies at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia and Project Art in Massachusetts. His series, American Scenery, presents a striking duality with current American imagery applied to antique china pieces that brings the past forward, exposes us to how we have shaped our landscape, and hints at what the future may hold.

Scott embarked on a new body of work in 2014 that involves the physical collaging of antique fragments using traditional ceramic conservation methods to join the elements. The mending, melding, and juxtaposition of the separate components creates completely new work, proving, again, that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Scott’s work can be found in public and private collections around the globe. Ferrin Contemporary represents Scott in the US. His work can be viewed online at FerrinContemporary.com, at Project Art in Cummington, MA, and at various venues in the US.

VIDEOS

HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: ILLUSTRATED CERAMICS AND AMERICAN IDENTITY

Panelists: Leslie Ferrin, Elizabeth Alexander, Jacqueline Bishop, Judy Chartrand, Niki Johnson, and Paul Scott.

Hidden in plain sight, illustrations on porcelain and ceramic ware have, throughout history, transformed functional objects into message-bearers for a wide range of political and propagandistic causes, whether exchanged by heads of state or acquired for use or display in domestic settings. Leslie Ferrin of Ferrin Contemporary will discuss the imagery, drawn from popular nineteenth-century prints, that was reproduced on widely distributed ceramics portraying historical events, indigenous people, and notable explorers, inventors, and politicians through a white European lens. The panel will explore how these seemingly ordinary objects, including Rockwell collector plates, have helped to establish firmly held beliefs about American identity. Artists Elizabeth Alexander, Jacqueline Bishop, Judy Chartrand, Niki Johnson, and Paul Scott, will discuss contemporary ceramics, which reject systems of racial oppression and invite reconsideration of the sanitized version of history that was presented for generations.

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TIMESTAMPS

0:00 Introduction to Symposium co-curators Stephanie Plunkett and Robyn Phillips Pendleton
23:00 Introduction
28:00 Leslie Ferrin Our America/Whose America? collection and exhibition
46:00 Jacqueline Bishop
52:00 Paul Scott
1:02:00 Elizabeth Alexander
1:11:00 Johnson
1:21:00 Judy Chartrand
1:37:00 Q&A

PAUL SCOTT New American Scenery | Plate engraving with Paul Scott and Paul Holdway

October 13, 2021. Produced by The Bowes Museum. Ceramic artist Paul Scott tells us more about his collaboration with former SPODE engraver, Paul Holdway. Part of the New American Scenery Project.

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“New American Scenery, Cup Plates”

In the early part of the nineteenth century, transfer printed blue and white tablewares from Staffordshire were exported to North America in their tens of thousands. Pictorial in nature, their vitrified designs remediated print from book or magazine illustration, melding with floral and botanical borders. Scenes of the newly independent United States formed a significant part of this material. These transferwares included ‘Cup Plates’, tiny coasters used to protect furniture from marks whilst the diner drank coffee or tea from the cup’s accompanying saucer. Measuring between 9 to 11 cm (3.5 to 4 inches) across, the plates are characterised by deep cobalt blue prints melted into a pearlware glaze. Images and patterns were sometimes specifically designed and made for the small form, others (above) were collaged from tissue print details of larger patterns. Because of their small scale, flaws in the prints or their application are more obvious than on larger wares and they have their own aesthetic.

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ARTIST TALK | MELTING POINT: RISING WATERS with Courtney M. Leonard, Paul Scott, and Norwood Viviano, moderated by Jami Powell

September 15, 2021. Ferrin Contemporary Curator Conversation featuring artists Courtney M. Leonard, Paul Scott, and Norwood Viviano. Moderated by Jami Powell, Ph.D., Curator of Indigenous Art, Hood Museum, Dartmouth University (Hanover, NH).

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FOUNDERS’ HOUR FEATURING Paul Scott with Leslie Ferrin & Brian Gallagher

June 11, 2021 | The Mint Museum’s Founders’ Circle is pleased to present their first ever International Founders’ Hour featuring UK-based artist, Paul Scott. From his studio in Cumbria, Scott creates contemporary versions of traditional blue and white transferware ceramics, updating this historic media for the 21st century. Scott’s work engages political and social issues that resonate with our lives today, questioning the cultural history of transferware ceramics in the dissemination of national ideas and settler-centric narratives.

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FERRIN CONTEMPORARY IN CONVERSATION: RAID THE ICEBOX NOW with Elizabeth Williams, Beth Katleman, and Paul Scott

June 7, 2021 | For the 50th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s Raid the Icebox exhibition, RISD Museum invited eight contemporary artists and collectives to mine the museum, taking inspiration from objects or incorporating objects into new installations that reconsider how collections can be reimagined.

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CATALOGS

PAUL SCOTT: Ceramics and Print

  • Published by University of Pennsylvania Press, Third Edition, 2012
  • Ceramics and Print presents a full range of techniques for printing on clay from low-tech monoprints to digital laser decals. The latest digital technologies, 3-d printing, photographic techniques, and studio-based transfer processes are explored in detail. “It is inspiring.”
  • 144-page, full-color, softbound book

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Horizon: Transferware and Contemporary Ceramics

  • Published by Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart, Germany edited by Paul Scott and Knut Astrup Bull
  • An exploration of the impact and importance of printed tablewares, now making a comeback. The new artwork reflects a significant cultural impact around the world. Horizon melds historical enquiry with contemporary practice.
  • 220 pages, illustrated hardcover

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‘Raid the Ice Box Now’ Digital Catalog

  • Produced by the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, 2019
  • To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its exhibition Raid the Icebox I with Andy Warhol, the RISD Museum is engaging contemporary artists and designers Pablo Bronstein, Nicole Eisenman, Pablo Helguera, Beth Katleman, Simone Leigh, Sebastian Ruth, Paul Scott, and Triple Canopy to create new bodies of work or create a unique curatorial project using the museum as a site for critical, creative production and presentation. Employing the galleries and digital platforms as well as spaces beyond the museum walls, these artists will question dominant narratives and highlight the strengths and idiosyncrasies of the museum’s collection, which includes more than 100,000 works spanning ancient times to the present. A landmark example of artist-curated museum exhibitions, Raid the Icebox I with Andy Warhol (1970) presented entire sections of objects as they appeared in storage, with little or no connoisseurial regard for their condition, authenticity, or art historical status. It remains one of the most celebrated and subversive exhibitions in contemporary art history.
  • Raid the Icebox Now is made possible by a lead grant from the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from the RISD Museum Associates, Judy and Robert Mann, Taylor Box Company, and a generous in-kind gift from Meyer Sound Laboratories.

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PRESS & NEWS

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Traditional china serving up the big issues of today in pictures

Blue and white transferware plates were hugely popular in the 19th century for their bucolic pastoral scenes. Over the past 30 years, artist Paul Scott, who lives in Cumbria, has updated the medium to address some very modern issues: the climate emergency, the refugee crisis, tensions in the Middle East.

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“On the Threshold: Paul Scott New American Scenery”

Essay by Jo Dahn

When he began to experiment with printing on ceramics Paul Scott soon found himself in liminal territory: his creative practice was becoming unclassifiable. ‘In those days’, he has said, ‘there was no-one around me who was doing anything remotely similar, but that’s a double-edged sword: it launches you into a no-man’s-land, because you’re not a painter or a fine art printmaker and you’re not a potter or a craftsperson … In a way I enjoyed it immensely because I was doing things that people hadn’t seen before.’

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“Paul Scott’s Confected Landscapes and Contemporary Vignettes”

Essay by Amy Gogarty

The work disccussed in this article relates to reasearch conducted during the course of his PhD, yet it embodies themes that have preoccupied him for some time. These include theories of picturesque landscape painting; the remediation and circulation in print form of such painting; domestic ceramic objects printed with landscape imagery and a host of contemporary issues concerning relationships between human civilization and the natural world.

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 “Exhibition | ‘Home Truths,’ Paul Scott’s Brutal Blue and White Porcelain Plates”

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Re-purposing these cultural artifacts in such a way as to offer new narrative interpretations that encourage re-examination. Drawing from his encyclopedic knowledge of and fascination with the material, he alters, erases and adds new images to the intricately detailed scenes and patterns of these domestic items, whereby the imagery is ruptured and recalibrated for a contemporary world. Scott’s interventions enable him to explore a range of issues from ecology to the refugee crisis.

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NCECA PITTSBURGH

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New York Ceramics & Glass Fair 2018

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