About Jerry Scott

Jerry Scott

Born in 1950 Jerry Scott was educated in Cambridge and Sussex, briefly reading Theology at Cambridge University before leaving to study sculpture at Norwich Art School and at St Martin's, London. 

Continuing to be based in London, he took part in a number of group exhibitions at Kenwood, Holland Park, the South Bank and the National Theatre. 

He moved to Yorkshire thirty three years ago. In recent years he has had, amongst others, solo exhibitions of paintings and collages in London, York and Halifax. He has work in numerous private collections throughout the UK, Switzerland, Italy and the US. He also has work in the Tavistock (London) and York Hospitals Trust collections.

You can contact me via email at  jjfscott@gmail.com or by phone on 07729 800 622

“…. the richness and depth draw one into and around them - a journey through colour and texture.  And the best thing is that for me they're full of surprises.  There's not one cliche in terms of form - full of invention and visual intelligence ...”

" ... we have been looking with admiration and longing at your paintings ... absolutely lovely: vibrant, richly textured,complex, succulent and utterly beguiling … “

A few words about the collages and paintings

The desire to make pictures and decorate surfaces of all sorts seems to be nearly as ancient as humanity itself. Which means it is a fair bet that the desire to look at pictures and decorated surfaces is equally ancient. Because I want you to enjoy my pictures as much as I have enjoyed making them (I've gladly poured my heart and soul into them), I thought it might be useful to say a few words about why and how I have made them.

I started making collages about five years ago, in parallel with painting. I've always been interested in surface pattern and all sorts of decoration. With the freedom and sophistication of modern digital technology, it is now possible to produce single sheets of high quality, crisp and colour-rich printed papers. The inks I use to produce these prints are very stable and light-fast. Working with these printed papers, I cut out chunks of colour and pattern with scissors and paste them down onto the picture. The collages are all made using wheat starch paste, a technique I was introduced to by the expert paper conservator Elizabeth Coombs to whom I am greatly indebted. This technique produces a powerful bond between the paper and the board or other substrate onto which it is glued and also between the overlapped printed layers. This creates a very integrated picture surface which also retains in places traces of the paper shapes beneath where one piece has overlapped another.

There are no deliberate representational images, though occasionally a viewer will spot a shape or combination of shapes that remind them of something. The pictures form themselves. I start each picture with a open mind and maybe a colour thought. I cut up one or more bits of printed paper and quickly get the first piece pasted onto the board. That piece or those few pieces are the catalyst for the rest of the picture though they may well disappear beneath subsequent layers. Throughout the making process I try not to consciously think my way forward. Jackson Pollock, one of the great artists of the 20th century had this to say about the process:

"When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It is only after a sort of 'getting acquainted' period I see what I have been about. I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image … because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well”.

I second that. Which is not to say it is an easy business though it is an ecstatic one. You need to put in the hours. Not that it ever feels like hard work because for me at least, making these pictures is a constant source of joy and pleasure.

                                           All images copyright Jerry Scott