DETAIL : Sean SCULLY Ireland 1945  Robe figure, 2003 2003 Painting oil on canvas
Sean SCULLY | Secret sharer

Ireland 1945
to Great Britain 1949, to United States of America 1975
Secret sharer 1989
oil on linen
canvas 254.0 (h) x 320.0 (w) cm
Private collection
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To move into the fiction — which is the space between the stripes, all that brushwork — to move into the fiction, and to move out of the fiction, to be aware that you’re in the world and at the same time … imagine standing on the edge of the world, if the world was flat, [where you] could see that amazing immense space out there and at the same time — you haven’t fallen off — realise that you are standing on the edge: that’s the kind of situation that I’m trying to maintain in these paintings.

Sean Scully, cited in John Caldwell, ‘The new paintings’, Sean Scully (exhibition catalogue), Pittsburgh: Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, 1985, pp. 17–21 (p. 20).

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