Vincent van Zon
Sue Lipschitz Sculpture
Vincent van Zon
|Seduced by Richard Scott
Let’s face it, there is nothing particularly revolutionary
about Richard Scott’s artwork. His style is formulaic and
the product highly commercial – some would even go as
far as to say mass-produced. This is what makes him so
accessible. Scott’s paintings, sculptures and installation
works are palatable, affordable and easy to sell – a
(I say ‘him’ as Richard has made himself a brand
synonymous with his work. The amount of times I’ve
heard trendy Capetonians refer to Richard Scott as object,
saying things like ‘My Richard Scott is an earlier one’ or
‘Have you seen the Scott that Mary has…?’).
Adding to commercial appeal – in a country where we
grapple with notions of what constitutes high or low art
(whether currently relevant or not, the hierarchies still
exist) – Richard would have to be considered middle art.
The voice of reason pulling pretentious ideals off their
proverbial pedestals and inspiring the ‘lesser’ considered
to come to the artistic fore. His artistic savvy provides
the perfect middle ground for acceptance in the psyche of
every trendy and even not-so-trendy South African.
Further adding to this sexy appeal, Style magazine
dubbed Richard’s work as one of the best art investments
of the year. Who could resist!
So against my will I have to confess I too have been
seduced by Richard Scott. There is something about the
vibrancy and cheeky dynamism that appeals to some
sensory receptor inherent in all of us. Even the most
ardent, tight-lipped art critic has to salute Scott’s witty
and calculated rouse to lure the viewer into sensory
delight. His paintings are deliciously tactile, his
sculptures playful, his installation witty and accessible.
Needless to say, I have never met anyone who hasn’t
liked his work. It seems Richard has seduced us all.
Taken from Richards Book 2005
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