Painter and printmaker Bernard Scott was born Baruch Shalom Oskotsky into an orthodox Jewish family in London's East End in 1918. He won a London County Council scholarship to study at St. Martin's School of Art with Leon Underwood, where he won first prize for his mural design (executed on a wall of the school); also studying at Toynbee Hall School of Art. Afterwards he pursued a business career until 1969 then became a full-time artist producing both figurative works, inspired by folk art, and abstracts. In the 1960s he produced a series of lithographs based on victims of the Korean and Vietnamese wars. He participated in exhibitions at the Royal Academy, Whitechapel Art Gallery and Camden Art Centre among others, and had solo shows at the Drian Galleries, London, and Rene Darom Gallery, Tel Aviv; Ben Uri held a two person show with Scott and his wife Christine in 1989 and, following his death in 1990, a Bernard retrospective in 1995.