Anthony Scott Muireann

Born in rural Fermanagh, Scott attended university in Belfast and completed an MA in Cardiff in 1993. Now currently living and working under the shadow of the great Ben Bulben in Sligo, Scott is primarily known for his beautifully stylised bronze animals that draw upon Celtic mythology and literature, their expressions and stances imbued with human characteristics invoking heroism and passion. Animals, with their ability to shape-change and metamorphose, play a decisive role in Celtic mythology. Scott shows the animals in the round as it were, presenting the viewer with a particular moment in their story. The psychological contrast in both stance and facial expression is powerful, especially in Scott’s depiction of various dogs and hounds. Condhla is nervous and wide eyed, Sceolan (one of Fionn mac Cumhail’s hunting hounds) is wary and hesitant, while Laegaire is alert and ready for battle. Cumhail (Fionn’s father and evidently a regal king) is depicted in the latter part of his life. Donn Cuailgne (‘Don Cooley’) is an Irish mythological bull of status and power, hence his solid and imposing deportment. The sculptural form of the animals is eminently important to Scott in the telling of their tale. Like the legends themselves they are timeless. As he puts it himself, ‘Each sculpture is different but their common thread is that by the time we have finished looking at them, partaking in each animal’s story, we can now anticipate what is to come’. Though Scott has previously worked in wax and plaster as well as ceramic, his work is clearly informed by a formal training in bronze. Through this most wonderful of sculptural mediums Scott moulds and furrows the surface of his works in a fluid and vibrant play of light and shadow. His work recalls that of the French Romantic movement, his blend of the real and the imaginary channelling the pathos and passion of Celtic mythology. Scott is a true apprentice of the sculptural tradition, inspired by Marino Marini and Nicola Hicks, yet he has transported his tradition into the realms of psychological subtlety without contradicting the archetypal.For further information please contact James O'Connor,  james@greenacres.ie

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