Sean Scully

Figure Abstract

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Sean Scully
Figure Abstract

Graphic design by Hannes Aechter, text(s) by Marc O'Sullivan, Beate Reifenscheid, Sean Scully

German, English

2014. 200 pp., 180 ills.


24.50 x 30.70 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3900-9

Scully’s early figurative works in dialogue with his abstract oeuvre

Sean Scully (* 1945 in Dublin) is considered one of the most significant abstract painters of our time. For decades he has produced a wealth of variations on his core theme of lines and stripes, creating works with a fascinating range of tone and expression from the romantic to the melancholic. Early on in his ca­reer Scully did figural work, to which he still feels in­debted; “To this day my paintings retain a sense of the body, and the feeling of a physical relationship with the world.” He considers German Expressionism one of his sources of inspiration and specifically cites the influence of artists André Derain, Henri Matisse, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The stroke of the brush is a visible component of his paint­erly abstractions. The edges of his fields of color are delineated by hand, which lends his compositions a haptic quality. Presenting surprising new perspec­tives on the artist’s work, this publication is the first study on the interplay between figuration and ab­straction in Scully’s oeuvre.

Ausstellungen/Exhibitions: Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus Koblenz 31.8.–16.11.2014 | Kunsthalle Rostock | Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

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