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2013, the centenary of William Scott's birth, sees a series of exhibitions of the work of this leading 20th-century British painter. Tate St Ives is first to the party...

William Scott painted still lifes, nudes and, for stretches at a time, entirely abstract works. His work was always rooted in a figurative approach, however: one influenced by the French tradition of Chardin and Braque.

Like Chardin, he achieved a powerful combination of bold painterly technique and restraint in his subject matter. Unlike the French master, he kept his subjects prosaic, mundane, returning again and again to images of frying pans, toasting forks, and other kitchen objects.

He had a lifelong involvement with education and taught in Port-Aven, where he set up an art school, and at the Bath Academy of Art. In 1958, he represented Great Britain in the Venice Biennale

This show comprised a series of genre-thematic rooms. It will travel to Hepworth Wakefield, before expanding into a survey exhibition at Ulster Museum, Belfast. In collaboration with the William Scott Estate, which is publishing a catalogue raisonné of the artist’s paintings (due December 2012), the works will be drawn from major collections across the UK and Ireland.

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