GOLD PAINTING 486
signed and titled on the canvas overlap
tempera, gold leaf and silver leaf on unprimed canvas
122 by 122cm., 48 by 48in.
Painted in 1986.
Original canvas. Some minor losses to some of the areas of gold leaf, common with the artist's work; otherwise it appears in good overall condition.
No signs of retouching under ultraviolet light.
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The Estate of the Artist
Patrick Scott developed his celebrated Goldpaintings series in 1964 and among his contemporaries in Ireland, was a singular pioneer of the new minimalist strain in abstraction, countering the hitherto dominant style of Abstract Expressionism. In adopting gold leaf, he consciously steered away from any iconographic references typically associated with the medium. Rather, his works possess a cooler, Japanese aesthetic that stems from his interest in Zen - the result is works that are meditative and invite contemplation.