mayor's official residence. "Bloomberg's a very nice guy," continues Scott, who says he had a long, enjoyable conversation with the mayor about his work in the Bronx. "I suggested that I might paint his official portrait and he was really interested, so talks are ongoing about that. I can't quite believe it; I keep pinching myself thinking it's all a dream. "Born in 1957, Scott's heart remains in the Highlands. His late father was an operator at Wick Radio Station. His mother, Marjorie, still lives in Wick and he visits her and old acquaintances regularly. It recharges his imagination, he says. Adidas Gazelle Blue
I've received many accolades from museums and galleries, but where no one would ever have allowed me to set up anything like the community I've created here.
To me, students are a blank canvas. "He copes with the Bronx, he believes, because he learnt survival skills at Shotts. "I remember once getting a prisoner to copy Tintoretto's Crucifixion. Later, I found out that was most appropriate this guy had actually crucified somebody. I got on with all the guys in jail; I liked them a lot. Tam (Bagan] once said, 'Ah'm watchin' you; Ah'm learnin' a lot from you'. I took that as a compliment. So, yeah, I do think that doing time in a Scots prison, so to speak, has stood me in good stead. It taught me a lot about life it's certainly helped me to live in this city since I moved here almost ten years ago. "Scott has lived in many places: Dundee, Sunderland, Dorset, London and Munich and his jobs have included gravedigging and working with the disabled. "But I think I always lived with a kind of hologram around me, which was based on American TV programmes like MASH, and a certain kind of anarchic wit.
At primary and secondary school in Caithness he won all the prizes for art yet took Highers in physics and chemistry. "I'm a professor who hasn't even got an O grade in art," he says, with an ironic smile. But he does have a first class honours degree from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, and talks with focused intensity about his "alternative community" in the Bronx, where he feels he's transplanted a little bit of radical Scotland. Here he's found untapped talents like those he discovered when teaching in Shotts prison.
"There were gifted artists in there the armed robber Tam Bagan, for instance. "Sure, the Bronx is bleak. It's a tense place that brings out the worst in a lot of people. But I hope I'm bringing out the best in a small way. I hope that I've inspired my students as much as they've Adidas Gazelle Navy Womens fired my imagination. I believe I've pushed down the barriers that make people feel isolated. I always begin by asking my students to paint self portraits I get them to laugh at themselves. "His "miniature society" makes the city of New York more comfortable for him and for his students. "I've no time for barriers erected for reasons of race, class or creed. I needed a forum like this. It's what I always wanted to create in Scotland, where Adidas Gazelle Og Black Leather Trainers
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