William Scott

1913-1989

British artist William Scott CBE RA, born in in Greenock, Scotland in February 1913, was best known for still-life and abstract painting. He is possibly the most internationally celebrated Ulster painter of the 20th-century. Scott’s father was a house painter and writer of signs. Scott studied at the Model School and took evening art classes at a Technical School where he was taught by Kathleen Bridle. He moved to Belfast College of Art in 1928, and went on to win a scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools in London in 1931. In London, he gained a silver medal and became a Landseer scholar of painting. During this time Scott shared rooms with three painters, Alfred Janes, Mervyn Levy and the poet Dylan Thomas.