Hollis Taggart will open an exhibition of new paintings by contemporary artist Bill Scott

Bill Scott (born in 1956) I Stood There Once, 2022 Signed and dated lower right: “Bill Scott 22” Oil on canvas 40 x 55 1/2 in. (101.6 x 141cm)
Hollis Taggart

On September 8, Hollis Taggart will open I Stood There Once: new paintings by Bill Scott, a selection of vibrant and abstract landscapes made between 2021 and 2022. The oil paintings evoke the sights and sensations of time spent in nature, from suggestions of brilliantly colored flowers and trees to the intimate experience of see blazing spots after looking at the sun. The exhibition, Scott’s ninth solo exhibition with the gallery, will feature over 20 previously unseen works that capture Scott’s incredible use of color and emotive gesture. I stayed there once will be on view through October 8 at Hollis Taggart’s flagship ground floor location at 521 W. 26th Street. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalog with an essay by collage artist and art critic Matt Gonzalez and will be celebrated with an opening reception on September 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Scott has been painting for over five decades, creating compositions that reference nature and still lifes as well as imaginary spaces of escape. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 1974 to 1979 and subsequently gained significant and ongoing inspiration from spending much time with painters Jane Piper and Joan Mitchell. During his career he developed a distinct style characterized by vivid color fields and expressive lines and shapes. Of his work, Scott said, “I find revolving inspiration in the shapes of houses, trees and the sky visible from my studio window. In the studio I have plants, dead branches and fake flowers – all of these appear as the shapes and lines of my paintings.

Scott’s paintings are further distinguished by their depth, body and texture. He achieves this through a variety of methods: sometimes by layering thick patches of vivid oil paint, sometimes by scraping them off, and sometimes by applying an almost transparent splatter of pigment to the canvas. His intricate paint work is what gives his compositions their rich coloring. As Gonzalez noted in the catalog, “In weaving an intricate collage-like layering of shapes and marks, Scott invites a collaboration with memory and desire, representative of both past and present. hopeful future.” With his upcoming exhibition, Scott continues his experimentation, play and embrace of color, producing works that evoke joy and encourage contemplation.

“For nearly two decades, we have been grateful to work with Bill and watch his work grow and mature. His incredible understanding and use of color make him one of America’s foremost colorists, and his rich, imaginative compositions inspire both deep gaze and a wide range of emotional responses. His ability to connect with the viewer through his paintings has made him incredibly popular with collectors and the public,” said Hollis Taggart. “We are pleased to present his latest works, which offer a harmonious escape into the natural realm.”

Scott’s work has been exhibited extensively over the past thirty years at museums including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Tacoma Art Museum, Michener Art Museum, and Memphis Brooks Museum. Major public collections with Scott’s work include the Cleveland Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Museum of Art, Montclair Art Museum, and Woodmere Art Museum. He received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Pennsylvania Academy in 2006. He has been represented by Hollis Taggart since 2004 and lives and works in Philadelphia.

About Hollis Taggart

Founded in 1979, Hollis Taggart showcases significant works of American art, showcasing the trajectory of American art movements from the Hudson River School to American Modernism and the postwar and contemporary eras. Its program is characterized by a deep commitment to scholarship and the highlighting of the work of under-recognized artists. The gallery has sponsored several catalog raisonné projects, most recently for American surrealist artist Kay Sage, and has been instrumental in advancing the knowledge of artists such as Alfred Maurer, Arthur B. Carles and, more recently, Theodoros Stamos, Marjorie Strider and Michael. (Corinne) West. In the summer of 2019, the gallery announced the formal expansion of its activity in the primary market and focuses on the presentation of contemporary works. He continues to expand his roster of contemporary artists, focusing on emerging and mid-career talent. With over 40 years of experience, Hollis Taggart is widely recognized by collectors and curators for her leadership, expertise and openness to art historical issues, trends and market opportunities. The gallery’s flagship location is in Chelsea, and it also operates a space in Southport, Connecticut.


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