Kerlin Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of new work by the world-renowned artist Sean Scully. The exhibition presents seven major new paintings from the artist's Landline series. The exhibition will open with a reception in the company of the artist on Thursday 4th October.
The Landline series makes reference to the edge of land. Scully has removed almost all vertical forms from the works to create, in his own words, “a side-to-side motion”. The horizontal band becomes the central motif, mirroring land as it meets sea and air – but far from serene, the works capture movement and energy, showing an increased freedom of brushstroke. Scully’s loose horizontal bands mimic the repetitive yet wholly unpredictable rhythm of the sea, embracing its overlap, irregularity and discontinuousness.
Sean Scully is considered to be one of the world’s leading abstract painters. Born in Dublin and raised in London, he now lives between New York and Germany. His art is thoroughly international in perspective, drawing on the diverse historical and cultural influences of places that, at different times, have been profoundly important to him. He has taken inspiration from many cherished, varied elements of European culture (ranging from the harmonic ideals of ancient Greek architecture to the vernacular design of stone walls in rural Ireland) but he has also successfully responded to – and built on – the legacy of abstraction in the United States. Scully’s commanding, internationally recognizable style of abstract art – based on repeating and steadily adapting arrangements of discretely nuanced blocks of colour – combines considerable painterly drama with great visual delicacy. It is an art of tremendous vigour: Scully is a forceful, physical artist, who creates intentionally monumental spaces. But it is also an art of acute concentration and care: his work involves an ongoing negotiation between the monumental and the intimate.
Current and forthcoming solo exhibitions include Landlines and other recent works, De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg (21 April – 26 August); Sean Scully: 1970, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (14 July – 14 October); Landline, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, USA (12 September 2018 – 3 February 2019); Inside Out, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK (29 September 2018 – 6 January 2019) and National Gallery, London (2019).