DETAIL : Sean SCULLY Ireland 1945  Robe figure, 2003 2003 Painting oil on canvas
Sean SCULLY | Small Barcelona painting 1.29.99

Ireland 1945
to Great Britain 1949, to United States of America 1975
Small Barcelona painting 1.29.99 1999
oil on linen
canvas 41.0 (h) x 51.0 (w) cm
Private collection
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I had someone speaking to me the other day about the sublime and the transcendental, and I said my work wasnt all that transcendental. It has mystery in it, and it’s very hot and romantic, but I’m not working toward any absolute. I will talk about the realism in the work, it’s physicality and the violence of cutting into surfaces. I’m quite rutheless and relentless. The works are all about these tensions and contradictions in me. They’re formal yet they’re sexual, austere and mysterious at the same time. Mysterious to me also.

Sean Scully, interview with Adrian Dannatt, ‘I don’t have the American ambition of being the next great abstract artist’, Flash Art, vol. 25, no. 164, May–June 1992, pp. 103–105 (p. 105). 

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