"My work uses the language of transferware and collage, drawing on the cultural wallpaper in our minds and updating a classic decorative genre. My collages are both digital and material, the latter juxtaposing physically edited tablewares with traditional repair processes.”
Internationally renowned for his research into printed vitreous surfaces, as well as his characteristic blue and white artworks in glazed ceramic, Paul Scott’s work is concerned with the re-animation and manipulation of familiar and everyday objects. Inspired by printed motifs, patterns and images from industrial ceramic archives such as Staffordshire and Spode, he creates contemporary artworks in ceramic and printed form. His work not only explores a vocabulary of meaning within its designs and images, but also considers the production of the objects themselves and the role they played in an industrialised society. Blurring the boundaries between fine art, craft and design. Scott’s 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.
Paul Scott’s work features in numerous public collections including Musée Ariana Geneva; The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh and Brooklyn Art Museums in the USA. His commissioned work can be found in a number of museum and public spaces in the UK, while he has also completed large scale works in Hanoi, Vietnam and Guldagergård public sculpture park in Denmark. He has been Professor of Ceramics at Oslo National Academy of the Arts since 2011.
Paul Scott lives and works in Cumbria, England