Gordon Scott frst studied at Croydon School of Art and then was trained at the Royal College of Art between 1934-38 under Gilbert Spencer, Alan Sorrell and Charles Mahoney. In 1938 he was awarded a Travelling Scholarship by the R.C.A. for painting. A reserved and highly principled man, during WWII he was a conscientious objector, stationed at Bulford Camp on Salisbury Plain as a member of the Non-Combatant Corps (NCC). The NCC was formed to provide a military unit for those who had been conscripted but were either conscientious objectors or deemed not physically able to participate in active combatant service.
In 1946 he joined the staff of Camberwell School of Art where he remained until his retirement in 1980. He is remembered and revered by generations of Camberwell students, particularly for his Saturday morning drawing classes amongst the architecturally stunning buildings of London – the Temple Church, the St Pancras hotel and a Nash Terrace being particularly favoured. Scott considered himself as one of the generation and persuasion of the Euston Road School of painting and drawing, though he never studied or taught with them.
Despite a lifelong, dedicated application to painting, Scott showed at the Royal Academy, the London Group, Royal Society of British Artists, Cooling Gallery, Opix Gallery, Woodlands Art Gallery, the Mall Galleries and the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery. At the grand age of 90 in 2006 he had an exhibition at the Highgate Gallery.