Tim Scott (b. 1937, London) trained as an architect from 1954-1959 whilst simultaneously studying sculpture part-time under Sir Anthony Caro at St Martin's School of Art, London. He went on to work in the architectural practise Atelier Le Corbusier-Wogenscky in Paris where he came across images of the work of the American sculptor, David Smith. Scott was instantly inspired by Smith's use of abstract forms. Caro had himself met Smith in 1959 during a trip to America which proved to be incredibly influential on Caro's work and subsequently on British sculpture of the 1960s. When Caro visited Scott in Paris therefore, the pair discussed Smith's works at length, Scott deciding to return London in 1961 to teach sculpture alongside Caro.
In London Scott began to experiment with unconventional materials such as fibreglass, acrylic sheet, glass and metal to assemble bold, volumetric forms alongside other students who with him decided to reject traditional methods and work abstractly. Scott differentiated himself from Caro and the others by opting to use the new medium of fibreglass as opposed to heavy industrial steel.
He came to prominence in the groundbreaking New Generation: 1965 exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery which included work by David Annesley, Michael Bolus, Phillip King, William Tucker and Isaac Witkin, all of whom had been taught by Sir Anthony Caro at the St Martin's School of Art, London. This group subsequently became known as the 'new generation', seeking to rid sculpture of its traditional base. Just prior to the exhibition in 1964, the critic Clement Greenberg said that the group were "doing the best sculpture in the world today."
Scott went on to exhibit widely and internationally becoming one of the foremost sculptors of his generation. During the 1960s he exhibited in two solo shows at Waddington Galleries in 1966 and at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1967.
By the early 1970s, having become frustrated with the fragility of plastics and not being able to place works outside, Scott started to create sculptures constructed entirely from steel which characterised his work in that decade. Since the 1990s, Scott pioneered the use of forged steel as a plastic material which has resulted in incredibly expressive sculpture which is uniquely complex and ambitious.
In recent years Scott has shown widely in the USA and Europe, particularly in Germany, where he lived and taught in the 1980s and 1990s. His work is in numerous public collections, including Tate, London, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Arts Council of Great Britain, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisberg, Edmonton Art Gallery, Alberta, the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2008 his work was included in a group show 'New Generation Revisited' at the New Art Centre, Salisbury. He now lives in Yorkshire and Sri Lanka.
The New Art Centre is pleased to announce the recent purchase of Counterpoint X by the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten in Marl, Germany. Tim Scott's piece will be joining the Marl Museum's outstanding collection of modernist and contemporary art and exhibited in the near future.