Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac's Pantin space hosts the first monographic exhibition by Irish-born American painter Sean Scully. He presents new works from his Landline and Wall of Light series, new typologies of work called Weave and Net, which recall some of his early works, and a series of paintings inspired by the colors of the city of Aix-en-Provence.
Sean Scully took part in the group show at Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Pantin, 30 years in Paris, alongside other illustrious artists from the Ropac stable.
Sean Scully blends the colorist tradition of European painting with the scale and expressiveness of American abstraction. Lines and blocks structure Sean Scully's paintings, which avoid the cold rigor of minimalism by working with color.
The Pantin exhibition features recent works from the Weave and Net series, inspired by the painter's early work on interlocking lines and blocks of color. In fact, Sean Scully began working on the grid motif in the 1960s and continued experimenting with stripes in his Overlay and Crossover series. The new works take up this principle but in a "looser" way, as the painter puts it, letting color flow from one stripe to the next and luminous backgrounds show through under layers of glaze.
At the center of the exhibition is one of the artist's greatest works: Landline. This work explores the tension between the urban and natural worlds, an issue that runs through all Sean Scully's work. The Landline series, which began in 2023, marks a break in the painter's practice. He abandons architectural structures for horizons and landscapes.
The group of paintings produced in 2021, which includes the Net, Landline and Wall of Light series, illustrates the artist's working method. Painted on a variety of supports, they play on the same color palette inspired by Aix-en-Provence - where the artist has his studio - and reveal his emotional connection to the place where he creates.
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