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Ian Charles Scott

The only reason I paint is to understand myself

Born: 1957

Duration: 3153 seconds

Type: Audio

Filesize: 48Mb

Recorded: 4 August 2017


About this recording

Ian Charles Scott is one of the most acclaimed Scottish painters of his generation and is a professor of art at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York. He has won numerous prizes and his work has been exhibited internationally. In this interview he talks about growing up in Wick and how he embraced art as a child. He also recalls how he got to know local characters such as George Robertson, the Rev RR Sinclair and Benny Harper and created a series of portraits of them. In 1992 Ian won Scotland’s most prestigious travelling scholarship, the Alastair Salvesen Award, and explored the United States by train. In 2010 he was nominated for the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts and Cultural Life of New York City. Ian now has US citizenship but retains a close attachment to Wick and returns to his home town every year. “Even to this day," he says, "the only reason I paint is to understand myself… We are always learning something."


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