'Poem for a Jug, no 21, 1980', an oil on canvas by William Scott, 2ft 8in x 4ft (81cm x 1.22m). It features in Anita Rogers' exhibition.

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Jackson represented Scott throughout the 1950s, introducing him to figures such as Pollock, De Kooning and Kline. In this period, he was inspired particularly by another Abstract Expressionist, Mark Rothko, who befriended Scott and visited him in the UK.

Though the British painter’s international profile grew, it was eventually overshadowed in 1960s New York when pop art and Conceptualism came to dominate the art scene.

Now, Big Apple gallery Anita Rogers aims to put the artist back in front of the city’s art lovers. William Scott: Paintings and Drawings focuses on works from the 1950s-80s, including some prime examples of his Abstracts and domestic still-lifes.

Among these is Still Life, Pears (1977) from his Orchard of Pears series.


Still Life, Pears, 1977 oil on canvas by William Scott, 16 x 20in (40.5 x 51cm). It features in Anita Rogers' exhibition.

This collection began in the summer of 1976, one of the hottest on record in the UK. It gave rise to a bumper supply of the fruit at his rural retreat outside Bath and he responded with a number of studies, sometimes featuring other objects such as a plate or knife. Usually small, these still-lifes are spare compositions that demonstrate his interest in both figurative and Abstract forms.

The show runs until December 21. Works on paper start at $20,000, while paintings are priced at $100,000 up.

Anita Rogers represents emerging and established artists from the 20th and 21st centuries.