Sean Scully – Figure Abstract
200 pages, 24.5 x 30.7 cm , 1398 g.
Sean Scully – Figure Abstract
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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.
PublisherHatje Cantz
LanguageEnglish, German
ContributorsMarc O'Sullivan, Beate Reifenscheid, Sean Scully
Type of bookExhib'publication
Museum / PlaceKunsthalle Rostock
Article IDart-15883


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