Kind of Red: An Ode to Jazz in the Paintings of Sean Scully
This aquatint and etching, created by Sean Scully in 1988, is every bit as soft and elegant as its title suggests (Sotto Voce). Measuring 41 ½ x 52 inches (105.4 x 132 cm), unframed, from the edition of 40 + 10 artist proofs, this original print is hand-signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil.
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