“I have been a collector of beauty.” – Nigel Scott
Since the early 80s Nigel Scott’s vision has been revered in the cities where he has lived and worked- Paris, Tokyo, New York and Toronto. His eclectic production embraces not only photography, drawings and installations, but also jewelry and restaurant design. His stellar commercial career includes fashion work for Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour, Max and Cosmopolitan in Paris. His jewelry design has been featured in American Vogue; and he recently designed the walls for a new restaurant in Tokyo.
Scott is a master of photographing the female form: he creates a visual tension in his pictures or leaves us with a tender frontal encounter. Although he titles many photographs after his models- Angela, Julie, Meredith- even when his images close in on the face alone, the result is not exactly portraiture. The personage remains at arm’s length, the personality always a distant second to the body. Essentially, the work is about the beauty and malleability of body forms.
His photographs of cities, particularly Paris, where he lived for ten years, often centre around trademark props, like umbrellas or steel cube-frames. On the beach alone, the steel cube-frame contrasts with the organic setting. Its presence insists that some human figure must be nearby, just outside the frame.
Scott has emerged as an artist with his own signature style. His strong images have been used by sources as far flung as the Italian Communist Party (who used one of his images on billboards to announce their annual convention) and Madonna, who in her 1992 music video This Used to be my Playground borrowed another of his works.