An architect by profession, Iain Scott uses fine pen and ink to look beyond the façade of buildings. He depicts in extraordinary detail the ordinary everyday elements that do not normally receive attention – the clutter, washing poles, illegal roof structures, air conditioning units and satellite dishes – as well as the thousands of people going about the routine of their daily lives in close proximity.
These, together with the familiar neon signs and animated street level activity, create a picture that is unique to Hong Kong. Iain Scott’s collection of black and white prints comprise scenes that embody the inherent qualities and aesthetics of the city. Drawn from observation and imagination, they are not only a lively depiction of life in contemporary Hong Kong, they also constitute a unique historical record of older parts of the city that may soon fall under the jackhammer. Some of the prints are individually hand-coloured with a light watercolour wash.
Iain Anderson Scott is an Australian architect who has been living in Hong Kong for many years. His artworks capture the bustling everyday life in the streets and alleys of Hong Kong, particularly from the Kowloon side. His artworks are collected by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects.