Alturas Foundation is proud to have supported Paul Scott with a multi-year Artist in Residence grant from 2016 to 2019 to pursue his American Scenery project.
In the early nineteenth century, blue and white ceramic “transferware” was imported into North America from England in great quantity. Using appropriated prints from book and magazine illustration, transferware was one of the major innovative “new media” practices of the era and celebrated the newly independent and developing United States with scenes of industrial, cultural and historic significance. With American Scenery, Mr. Scott has reanimated this historic media to create a significant and meaningful body of new artwork which reflects and comments on contemporary America.
Paul Scott, is a material-based conceptual artist, and creates ceramic artwork that blurs the boundaries between art, craft, and design. His artwork explores the unexpected movement of images through materials, media, cultures, politics, histories, and geographies, and invites us to see these objects in a new way. Scott is an authority on printed vitreous surfaces, and the author of Ceramics in Print, and Horizon: Transferware and Contemporary Ceramics, co-edited with Knut Astrup Bull.
The debut exhibition of American Scenery was unveiled in a dedicated gallery as part of their exhibition Raid the Icebox Now with Paul Scott: New American Scenery, at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, from September 13, 2019 to September 6, 2020. The accompanying slide show presents several of the contemporary transferware pieces created during the Alturas Foundation residency that are featured in the exhibition.