(Irland / USA) *1945 in Dublin
Sean Scully has been celebrated for 40 years as one of the innovators of abstract-geometrical painting. He initially translated his interest in the interplay of lines and surfaces, and the tectonics connected with this, into sharp-edged lattice and grid structures. In the 1980’s, he responded to American Minimal Art by creating freely painted two-dimensional stripes of colour, thus introducing the subjective, and the emotional and sensual, into his paintings. Since then, the expressive power of his work, still with their clear, geometrical structure, has resided in his intuitive choice of colour and his gestic, almost three-dimensional layering of the paint. More recently, Scully has also created numerous, at times monumental, sculptures in various materials, many of which were shown at a wide-ranging solo exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2018. The four-metre high “Dale Stone Stack” on display in Blickachsen 12, whose title refers to the sandstone of the Yorkshire Dales, is distinguished equally by its materiality and its painterly quality: the colour of the stone, the treatment of the surfaces, and the statics create the impression that the artist has transferred one of his abstract striped paintings into three dimensions.