Sean Scully, 'Blue Blue', 2005 oil on linen 190.5 x 215.9cm
In the last 20 years Sean Scully has emerged as one of the true giants of modern painting. The natural heir to America's colour field painters of the 1950s, and to the dense moodscapes of Mark Rothko in particular. His work has been exhibited and collected by most of the major museums of the world. We are proud to present our second exhibition of new paintings, watercolours and prints.
Scully is an old fashioned abstract painter who has made his name with ostensibly simple pictures of coloured bands and blocks, and yet his work has the power to contain and express emotion more fluently than almost any other artist working in any other medium today. His paintings have an intensely physical and sometimes uncomfortable presence with the marks of their making undisguised in broad sweeps of paint and they are always more commanding, more complex and more beautiful than than first seems possible.
Alongside two rooms of new paintings and watercolours, we will present a pair of brand new etchings, 'Night' and 'Day', recently made by Scully in New York and to be exhibited for the first time in our show.
To celebrate this exhibition we are delighted to publish a new book fully illustrating the text of Sean Scully's recent lecture at the Institut Valencia d'Art Moderna on the present position and context of his own work. This is the first of Scully's lectures to be published in book form and is available at a special exhibition price of £10 plus £2.50 postage. (£15 following the exhibition). To order a copy please visit our online bookshop or contact the gallery on +44 (0)131 556 4441.