Kind of Red: An Ode to Jazz in the Paintings of Sean Scully
Signature: Signed, titled, dated, and inscribed verso: Sean Scully 1976 / Untitled / Acrylic / 36" x 36"
Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Christie's New York, November 15, 1995, lot 344; Private collection, New York.
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