I was looking at this image from my Long Series of 12×12 inch mixed media paintings, and I really like the smokey top right corner. It is interesting how some works have details that make or break the painting. A detail can become the focus of a painting or it can become the weakness of a painting. I like this detail, and I think it holds the painting together, and I think the reason it doesn’t overpower the work is that it is offset by the red band on the left.
I’m still sorting through images of my Long Series, and I came across this one that is very different from the rest. I’ve rarely experimented with monochromatic painting, and I wouldn’t really consider this as a pure monochrome but, it’s as close as I’ve ever come. There are a few more in the series similar to this one, and I’ll show them at a later date.
I’ve had a long love of books, and some of my most prized books are art books. This is a review of books from my collection that can be found on shelves in my studio. I will provide links when possible.
Thames & Hudson have published several books about the work of the Irish-American painter Sean Scully.
Sean Scully by David Carrier is a fine introduction to the work of this great painter. It has 200 illustrations, 190 are in colour, and covers all aspects of his career, from his earliest work, to his work as a printmaker and photographer. Sean Scully is an abstract painter who takes his inspiration from the world around him. There is an interesting section of his photographs of the fronts of buildings, showing doors, windows, and shadows on pages 162-163, called Atlas Walls.
In these photos I can see his inspiration for much of his recent work. Scully is an artist whose work gets better with age. His painting is much looser, and his use of colour is subtle and lush.
“This book is the first fully illustrated monograph to present an account of the artist’s life and career to date, from his childhood in 1950s London, via New York and Barcelona, to the present day in Munich. Lavish reproductions of his major works illustrate the text, while photographs taken by Scully on his travels show some of the forms that inspire them. Photographs of Scully at work in his studio demonstrate stage by stage how he creates his pictures, from blank canvas to finished work.”