Inward Eye

Inward Eye OFCAuthor/Artist: Michael Scott

ISBN 9781906377014 – Hardback

Inward Eye highlights examples of paintings by Michael Scott spanning a twenty year period. Each painting has a narrative giving the artists perspective of his inspiration for the piece. This work is produced in full colour and case bound. Size is 210mm x 210mm.


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What Others say…

Inspiring stuff… In this book Michael Scott presents us with a brilliant visual exploration of the world around us and the relationship between humanity and nature, through his unique style that incorporates aspects of Expressionistic, Impressionistic and abstract techniques.

The Artist provides great insight into his work with a constant poetical commentary however, one of the most interesting things about the book is that the artist does not attempt to impose his own perspective on the reader, we are constantly challenged to reach our own interpretations and conclusions about the work, I find this to be much more engaging than simply being fed all of the information and intentions.

The work that I personally responded to most was `Black-Headed Gulls’ a very chaotic image portraying a flock of gulls fighting for food scraps unearthed by a farmers plough, I found the fluidity and movement in the painting stunning. The chaos and sense of danger creates a brutal, realistic reflection of the relationship between man and the natural world that inspires a multitude of emotions.

This book is an excellent introduction Abstract art, as well as providing some very thought provoking reading and I would highly recommend it to anyone considering a purchase.

M. Softley

The Inwardness of Nature… To someone who has long struggled with abstract art this collection came rather as a revelation. The artist seems to hit the spot between representation and abstraction, and open up to this viewer, and reader, a genuinely new vision. Far more than usually, I felt I was seeing something new through the artist’s eyes and, more important, feeling something new through his feelings.

Now I know that may be an illusion, at least partly, for it is integral to art’s mystery that the artist opens up individual feelings, which may not be his or her own. Detouring round this question of aesthetics, I can say quite honestly that many of the pictures here left me feeling a bit like stout Cortez, “silent upon a peak in Darien.” I have never seen nature like this, but the funny thing is that looking in a kind of quizzical way at them, I had an overwhelming sense not of seeing nature but of feeling it in a strange kind of active passivity. I mean that some part of my mind was trying to interpret, but another kind was simply accepting. At least, that’s what I think I mean. I can’t recall any other book, or visit to a gallery, that has had such a powerful effect. Made me rather speechless.

F.C. Parkinson