Patrick Scott: Golden Boy

Loopline Collection, Documentary, Irish Culture
Directed by:
Sé Merry Doyle
Produced by:
Maria Doyle Kennedy, Andrea Pitt, Mermaid Films


53 mins

This Mermaid Films tribute documentary directed by Sé Merry Doyle explores the life and work of renowned Irish painter and architect Patrick Scott.

Taking Scott’s major retrospective at the Hugh Lane Gallery in 2002 as a starting point, this lively account traces the artist’s childhood, his background in architecture and his many artistic achievements. Scott’s zest for life and humble reflections on the creative process accompany moving moments at home with his cat whilst  working on his signature gold leaf paintings. A fascinating account of the 1950s bohemian art group the White Stag and contributions from  Seamus Heaney, Stephen Pearce and Dorothy Walker enrich this celebration of the life and work of the ‘Golden Boy’ of Irish art.

Patrick Scott: Golden Boy was produced by Maria Doyle Kennedy and Andrea Pitt, of Mermaid Films,  and was commissioned by RTÉ Arts Lives. Patrick Scott was born in 1921 in Kilbrittain, Co Cork. He began his career as an architect where he worked with Michael Scott on CIE’s Busáras before committing to life as a full-time painter in the 1960s. He won a National Prize at the Guggenheim International Award in 1960 and represented Ireland at the  Venice Biennale in the same year. His paintings have been exhibited worldwide and his work features in public and private collections.

This film is part of The Loopline Collection Volume 1. To watch more of the collection click here.

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