The missing link between American abstraction and European modernism, Sean Scully's commitment to his own particular vision makes him stand alone in the pantheon of great contemporary painters. Throughout his oeuvre the recurring motifs of colored stripes and squares manage to both ground and distort his paintings and are considered by him to be signifiers of modernism. Grid-like, they are suggestive of giant playing boards for… Read more
About the artwork
Travel has always played a significant role in Scully's art practice and his trips to Morocco in the late 1960s greatly influenced his use of color and visual language. Tetuan encapsulates the artist's practice of harnessing light, space, and movement in a unique geometric rhythm. The repeated vertical stripes we see in the work—a recurring motif in the Scully's practice—appear as a barred window upon a mosaic board-like pattern. The artist's use of the spit bite aquatint technique—requiring painting acid over the prepared surface—gives the work a watercolor-like wash, intensifying the work's profound responsiveness. Beguiling and expressive, Tetuan is a wonderful example of Scully's rich and diverse engagement with Moroccan culture.