Kind of Red: An Ode to Jazz in the Paintings of Sean Scully
A beautifully printed woodblock on Okawara Japan paper, Block, created by Sean Scully in 1986, is hand-signed, titled, dated and inscribed “AP” and measures 37 ¼ x 43 1/8 inches (94.7 x 109.5 cm), unframed. From the edition of 30 + 10 artist proofs, this original print is designated as Kluser 86003 in the artist’s catalogue raisonne.
Demonstrating an unwavering commitment to abstraction, Sean Scully’s paintings and works on paper combine an underlying geometric structure with soft edges and uneven application of pigment. Scully’s compositions often employ stripes, grids, and dark, earthy tones, as seen in early watercolors where Scully allowed the paint to puddle and overlap with a larger stripe motif. This integration of structured composition with the idiosyncrasies of the chosen medium is typical of Scully’s work; the artist has described this duality as a “battle between system and emotion.”
Irish, b. 1945, Dublin, Ireland