Thursday, 26 June 2014

Sean Scully: Kind of Red - Timothy Taylor Gallery

Sean Scully, Kind of Red, 2013 (detail of 5-part piece - see below)
Sean Scully: Kind of Red is at Timothy Taylor Gallery until 12 July 2014.
Scully is, I think, my new favourite artist. I have always been an admirer but actually have seen relatively little work in the 'flesh'; having been knocked out by Doric Night in the RA Summer Show (see below) I visited this exhibition and was impressed.The focal work here is a 2013 suite of 5 paintings on aluminium - bare metal remains exposed beyond the edges of the painted areas. I like his work because it combines a forceful, muscular presence with a nuanced, poetic sensibility - the blocks of colour are rich and subtle and the total effect is beautiful, powerful and mysterious.
The exhibition also includes some blue and grey toned paintings from the Landline series. A terrific show.
Watch a short video of Scully talking about his work: "There are no certainties in my paintings", and read the gallery exhibition blurb; see also a 2009 review of Scully's paintings from the 1980s by Laura Cumming.
Sean Scully, Kind of Red, 2013
Sean Scully, Kind of Red, 2013
Sean Scully, Landline Blue, 2014
Sean Scully, Landline Grey, 2014
Sean Scully, Landline Grey Grey, 2014

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