Acrylic on canvas
Purchased by The University of Auckland in 1979, the work belongs to Ian Scott’s extensive Lattice series, which occupied the artist for nearly a decade. Beginning in the late 1970s and reaching its peak in 1986, Scott’s Lattice series uses unmodulated colours that are geometrically arranged to indicate woven forms. With limited colours and simple lines and shapes, Scott used the lattice structure to allow him to explore the elemental nature of painting. The resulting works offer complex layered spaces, which capture the everyday urban canvas of logos and signs. During the evolution of the series, the basic over-and-under pattern remains unvarying, but the appearance, mood and style of the paintings cover several phases. Scott’s idiosyncratic approach and his assimilation of international and contemporary art movements, has cast him as one of the most innovative New Zealand artists in the post-McCahon generation.
The University of Auckland Art Collection