The Irish artist Patrick Scott often makes use of precious metals in his non-representational paintings. Spare in design, these works tend to feature simple shapes that allow their materiality to stand out. Meditations, a boxed set of seven carborundum prints, employs a similar methodology. In these prints Scott makes extensive use of embossing with gold leaf and palladium silver. Geometric themes recur: perfectly round circles share space with sturdy little squares; in a couple prints embossed ribbing circumnavigates a centrally placed form like rays from a sun. The prints in Meditations achieve a powerful stillness and tranquil composure. They are balm for a busy mind.
Patrick Scott, Meditations (2007)
- Seven carborundum prints in a boxed set, 60 x 60 cm. Edition of 50. Printed and published by Stoney Road Press, Dublin. $5250 each, $35,000 for the set.