Born in Kilbrittain, Co. Cork in 1921. Qualified as an architect, he worked on the development of Busaras in Dublin, including that building's mosaics. He has painted full-time since 1960, and represented Ireland in the XXX Biennale in Venice that year. His works have been exhibited worldwide and are in many public and private collections, including the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin; Gulf Oil Corporation, Pittsburg; Ulster Museum, Belfast; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. He has had many tapestry commissions, from among others, the Bank of Ireland; the European Parliament, Strasbourg; and St. Paul's School, London.
Solo exhibitions include the White Stag Gallery, Dublin (1944); Dawson Gallery, Dublin (1961-77); Hamilton Galleries, Dublin (1980, 84, 86); Annely Juda Fine Art, London (1980); Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle (1980); Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (1981); Stirling Gallery, Scotland (1982); Parnham House, Dorset (1984); B.P. Gallery, Brussels (1990); Taylor Galleries, Dublin (1991); Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin (2002).
In July 2007, the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, presided at a ceremony to mark the election of Patrick Scott as Saoi in Aosdána and presented him with a gold Torc - the symbol of the office of Saoi.
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