The painter Ian Scott migrated to New Zealand with his family as a five-year-old in 1952. Graduating from Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 1967, and a contemporary of Richard Killeen, he was one of New Zealand’s most innovative and expansive artists in kicking against the staid regionalist concerns that dominated for much of the twentieth century. Initially his work found a synthesis between the stylised landscapes of Rita Angus and Don Binney with a strong Pop Art influence reminiscent of the American artist James Rosenquist and the English Peter Blake.
After a period spent in Nelson, Scott returned to Auckland in 1973. His work became more abstract and geometric quality, resulting in his well-known lattice works (perhaps owing something to Petar Vuletic being his dealer at the time). The final phase of his career returned to figurative Pop, counterpointing nude Playboy pinups reminiscent of his 1960s work with depictions of iconic historical art. Few New Zealand artists have been as prolific or controversial.