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artworks by  Michael Scott


1946 Michael Scott, son of William and Emma Scott is born on 31st October at 64 Queen Street,  in the fishing town of Peterhead.  Youngest of four children.

1954  Family moves to Hull to find employment. They settle in a two-up two-down in the Hessle Road area, best known for its fishing community.

1957  Attends  secondary school (Greatfield High School, Newton Hall). Performs in school touring production 1964 as  memorable Macduff to a  Macbeth performed by Barrie Rutter (founder of Northern Broadsides). Art not available as part of curriculum but  according to school reports excels at technical drawing.

1965-68 Studies social sciences at Liverpool College of Commerce (now John Moores University) and graduates with External University of London 2:1 Honours BSc Economics Degree. Meets future wife Gill Hulin. Walker Art Gallery favourite spot for studying.

1968-69 Teacher Training, Huddersfield College of Education. Begins drawing more seriously.

1969 Marries Gill and moves to Glasgow to study for a PhD in Riot Policing and Political Change under WJM Mackenzie.

1973 Lecturing post at Glasgow College of Technology (later named Glasgow Caledonian University. Initially lectures in Political Thought, later transfers to Philosophy of Social Science and from early 1980s concentrates on Sociology of Modernism and Postmodernism. Publishes ‘Postmodernism, Identity and Representation’ in Media Education 1990. Highly respected by his students and colleagues.

1975 Begins evening classes in Life Drawing at Glasgow School of Art. Attends the classes for fifteen years and begins strong lifelong friendship with his then tutor John Boyd.

1976  Birth of son Ben. Spends summer in Argyll.

1977 Exhibits for the first time at Royal Glasgow Institute with ‘Landscape’. Continues to exhibit annually with RGI until 1994. Winner of David Cargill Senior Award in 1989.

1979  Birth of son Jonathan. Visits Peterhead and its fishdock for first time since leaving in 1954.

1981 Visits Louvre and Picasso Museum  in Paris. First cubist paintings.

1982 Begins Builders series.

1985 Selected for the Smith Biennial, Smith Gallery Stirling with ‘Raising the Tarpaulin’ in 1985 alongside Scottish figurative contemporaries such as Ian McCulloch, Adrian Wiszniewski, Peter Howson and Keith McIntyre.

1986 Exhibits  polytych ‘Mankind whose Life is but a Day’ in Arts Council funded Eye of the Storm: Scottish Artists and the Nuclear Disarmament . Exhibition tours Stirling, Glasgow, Leeds and Stornoway.

1987 Selected for second Smith Biennial with ‘Mother and Child’ Smith Gallery Stirling

1988 First solo exhibition in Scotland at RGI Kelly Gallery in Glasgow.

1988 Selected for Royal Academy, Annual Exhibition, London for the first time. Exhibits there for next five years.

1989 Selected for Royal Scottish Academy for first time. Exhibits there for the next four years.

1990 Exhibits with Donald Urquhart and Joseph Urie at Cleveland Bridge Gallery, Bath.

1990 Selected for RGI Year of Culture Selection, Mall Galleries, London.

1990 Selected for Scottish Society of Artists and Artist Craftsmen annual exhibition at RSA for the first time.

1990 Winner of Paper Tiger Award, SAAC.1992 Elected professional member SAAC.

1991 Participates in ‘British Surrealists’ , Emscote Lawn, Warwick.

1994 Visits Le Siécle de Titian exhibition in Grand Palais, Paris and Musée National Fernand Léger in Blois.

1994 First solo exhibition in England at Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Eton. Travelling players, flood, lovers and fishing motifs begin to appear.

1995 First solo exhibition in London at Portland Gallery, London.

1995 Leaves post at Glasgow Caledonian University to paint full time.

1995 -2004 Painting for twelve solo and numerous group shows in London, Eton, Glasgow, Stow on the Wold.

1999, 2001, 2004 Attends sons’ final degree shows at Slade School of Art  (Ben) and University of Newcastle and Glasgow School of Art (Jonathan).

2002 Visits Uffizi Gallery, Florence.

2005 Final solo show at Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Eton, December.

2006 Attends son Jonathan’s first solo show  – part of Glasgow International, Briggait, Glasgow.

2006 Painting until June, dies August 29th.

No artwork for this artist.

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