We held our March members’ meeting on 31 March in the Athenaeum and were extremely privileged to have Richard Scott as our guest for the evening.
Wow! Where do we start? A “53 year old cool guy”, humble and totally approachable, Richard Scott retired at 33 – having planned to do so at 35 – to follow his passion.
The following excerpt comes from Richard’s website – www.richardscott.com
“I have always had a passion to create, now I had found how I could marry my hatred of conditioning with my
love of art. Art was my answer. This was a great day. An even greater day when I dropped off five paintings
at Hout Bay Gallery and the owner, John Hargitai, agreed to hang my paintings in his gallery.
John’s partner Marika bought my first painting, right there and then, for R300. The other four were sold in
the same week. Seven more sold in the following three weeks, and 112 in the next 10 months. Two years
later, sales topped 500. In the beginning, I remember looking at the art in Hout Bay Gallery wishing I could
hang there. Now I read ArtReview and wish I could hang there.”
He now lives and loves his life with structure and discipline. He has a plan! Every day he checks his check list. Family first – and both his son and daughter as well as a niece are employed by him. Only after he’s checked on his family will he get down to work, which is not a regular 9-5 style. Richard doesn’t paint at all these days, but deals in prints only. His “signature block” he developed to make life easy for his seven assistants – his apprentices, like the Old Masters – to “sign” his works (btwn 2005-2011).
He stopped painting in 2011 due to personal tragedy and took “a year off” before getting back to business and working with prints only. His ambition, ultimately, is to create an Art Foundation – it’s on that plan and no doubt it’ll be achieved.
At the end of his talk, when it came time for questions – I think everyone was a bit shell shocked! It was pretty mind boggling just listening to all his achievements and the speed at which they happened. The man is a marketing machine – and marketing is what it’s all about! It was an amazing evening getting a glimpse into his world.
Thank you Richard for an eye-opening evening!