When the family moved to Northern Ireland in 1924, Scott found his calling. He was taught art by Kathleen Bridle, a teacher who influenced several Northern Irish artists.

In 1928, Scott began studying at the Belfast School of Art, and then three year later the artist moved to London to study sculpture at the thyal Academy Schools, before he moved on to painting.

William ScottImage: Douglass Glass/ William Scott Foundation William Scott
Image: Douglass Glass/ William Scott Foundation

Scott's travelled throughout Europe after his studies. It was in France that his international success began to rocket. Here, he established an art school in Pont-Aden with his contemporary Geoffrey Nelson. In 1938, Scott exhibited at the Paris Salon d'Automne, and was also elected Sociétaire.

Despite the outbreak of WWII, Scott continued to paint. He joined the army in 1942, painting and exhibiting throughout his fours years in the military.

After the war, Scott's travels took him back to the U.K., this time to Wiltshire to teach, simultaneously visiting Cornwall where he became friends with the St Ives Group of artists.

However, it was not only on this side of the Pond that Scott was a key figure on the art scene. In 1953, Scott visited the U.S. where he met Rothko and de Kooning. He struck up a close friendship with Rothko, who later in 1959 took his family to the U.K. to visit the Scotts. Scott became one of the first British artists to be connected to America's Abstract Expressionism.

William Scott and Mark Rothko in 1959 William Scott and Mark Rothko in 1959
Image: Sotheby's

Scott's work explored abstraction and figuration, explaining himself: ''I am an abstract artist in the sense that I abstract. I cannot be called non-figurative while I am still interested in the modern magic of space, primitive sex forms, the sensual and the erotic, disconcerting contours, the things of life.''

William Scott, Still Life with Frying Pan and Eggs, very rare silkscreen, handsigned and numbered, edition: 250 William Scott, Still Life with Frying Pan and Eggs, very rare silkscreen, handsigned and numbered, edition: 250

Still Life, landscape and the nude female form make up the majority of Scott's oeuvre. The artist's work was an important part of British art in the 20th century, reflected in the fact he represented Britain at the 1958 Venice Biennale and in 1972, the Tate Gallery held a retrospective which included more than 125 paintings dating from 1938 onwards.

Scott's Still Life works have been known to sell for in excess of £1 million. In 2008, Bowl, Eggs and Lemons, sold at Christie's for a hammer price of £1 071 650 against an estimate of £300 000 to 500 000. Search more realised prices for William Scott here.

Today, Scott's work is currently being celebrated at the Ulster Museum, in the Irish and International Art from the Ulster Museum Collection 1890-2016, from now until 17th September, 2017. See here for more information.

Still Life with Frying Pan and Eggs will be featured in Lots Road's upcoming sale on 2nd July, 2017. Check out the full catalogue here.

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