University Pavilion
© Toby Paterson

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University Pavilion 2004
  • Scottish Art
Paterson’s works do not deal with the specific. Rather, they strive for a general approach to representing urban space by employing abstraction and the lack of detail. Depicted on a white background, floating within a perspex frame ‘The University Pavilion’ is stripped of context and function; it becomes a basic architectural sign without claims to any specific reality. Paterson noted that his work is "inspired by specific places, but the site is only the beginning. The references are pulled together and blurred so that nothing is made explicit." ‘The University Pavilion’ was exhibited in Paterson’s first major solo show, ‘After the Rain’ in 2005, which comprised of work relating to his ongoing interest in what shapes cities.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Installation art

An art practice developed in the second half of the 20th century that broke away from the view of a sculpture as a singular object to be looked at. Instead, installation artists create an environment that may surround the viewer. Many are temporary or created for a particular location.

Abstract art, Installation art


  • Acc. No. GMA 4778
  • Medium Acrylic on paper, in perspex and stainless steel frame
  • Size Paper: 95.00 x 133.50 cm (framed: 122.70 x 160.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased with funds from the Cecil and Mary Gibson Bequest 2005