An exhibition of paintings by the early modern artist William Scott, whose simple pictures of prosaic objects seemed to get at the very heart of human existence.

William Scott was a poet painter, reducing his paintings to the bare essentials. A life-long admirer of the French 18th-century painter Jean-Baptiste Chardin, whose monastic still lifes inspired his own love of form and symmetry.

Fans of Scott will tell you he has been overlooked in the canon of great British painters, falling between the abstraction of Ben Nicholson and the gaudy vibrancy of Pop art, yet this painter with the subdued palette who set out to convey the grey world he grew up in, is a persistent force in British art.

The Hepworth Wakefield

Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5AW

01924 247360

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Last Wednesday of every other month, 10am – 7pm

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