Kind of Red: An Ode to Jazz in the Paintings of Sean Scully
Pencil signed and numbered from the limited edition of 75. With this print, Sean Scully explores different fields and stripes, using a simple design to create a sense of depth and layering. This print is in excellent condition and has never been framed. This work was acquired from a major NYC cultural institution to raise funds for their programming.
Irish-born American painter Sean Scully creates textured architectural compositions of stripes and fields of color. Typically working on a large scale, Scully’s paintings often comprise multiple irregularly sized panels, which he layers and attaches to one another. Throughout his career, Scully has remained resolute in his commitment to exploring Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism. Over time, he has focused in turn on the exploration of different color palettes. These palettes correspond to different groups of paintings and also different stages of Scully’s career. As the artist has stated, "I hold a very Romantic ideal of what's possible in art, and I hold to the idea of the 'personal universal.'" Scully is a two-time Turner Prize nominee. He has had solo exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kunstmuseum Bern, and the Fundacio Joan Miro. His work has also been included in group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Centre Pompidou.
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Signature: Signed and dated lower right; numbered lower left in pencil from the edition of 75. Mint condition.
Acquired directly from a New York City cultural institution that has exhibited the artist's work.
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