Bill Scott: Vivid Abstractions

Bill Scott is an American painter known for his vivid abstractions. With an underlying patchwork of organic forms and bright colors, Scott evokes the sensations and textures of nature.

Image: Bill Scott, “Late October” (2015), oil on canvas, 35 x 58 inches, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York

All of his marks, from looping lines and doodles to layered geometric shapes, undulate rhythmically, often blurring together to form a single, ambiguous color field. Translating inspiration from Henri Matisse and Fauvism into a more sublimated, abstract style, Scott’s work pursues exuberant beauty in an age more concerned with theoretical aims.

Photo Courtesy of Sybaris Collection

A notable figure working in the Philadelphia Colorist tradition, Scott was born in Bryn Mawr and raised in Haverford, and went on to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1974 to 1979. Among the major influences on his practice is the work of noted Abstract Expressionist. He has exhibited widely, notably including at Swarthmore College, Hollins University, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the National Academy Museum, and the University of Delaware. Scott’s work can be found in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Woodmere Art Museum.

Photo Courtesy of Sybaris Collection

Bill Scott, Dream Flowers, 2013, oil on canvas, Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, NY

Solo shows

Bill Scott: Leaf and Line, Hollis Taggart, New York
Bill Scott: Imagining Spring, Hollis Taggart, New York

Group shows

Selections from our Contemporary Collection, Hollis Taggart, New York