American-Irish artist Sean Scully is recognized worldwide for his geometric, non-representational works. He is renowned for utilizing a recurring motif of colored stripes and squares and for his fusion of modern abstraction with a metaphorical spirituality. Grid-like, his canvases are suggestive of giant chess boards and have textured surfaces that are comprised of thick layers of oil paint.
Sean Scully was born in 1945 in Dublin but… 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.