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  • Provenance

    David McKee Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    Bologna, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Sean Scully, 1996

  • Literature

    Exhibition Catalogue, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Sean Scully, Bologna, 1996, p. 50

  • Catalogue Essay

    It was the most adventurous, in a sense the most dangerous, the most insecure, and, potentially, the most profound thing I could do. My work is really based on a kind of idealism and romanticism with beauty and form and profundity all wrapped up. I am taking on the history of art, I am immersed in it and I’m immersed in what I make. I am what I make in other words; there is no difference…You can do certain things with painting that are unique to painting that you cannot do with anything else. With a painting you can contain within borders a lot of experience, narrative, emotion, poetry, idea, thought, time, references and so on, all within a frame … Painting has a unique potential to stop time and compact feelings and experience. S. Scully in ‘Sean Scully – Body of Light’ taken from the National Gallery of Austria www.nga.gov.au

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Caress

1987
Oil on canvas.
152.4 x 152.4 cm. (60 x 60 in).
Signed, titled and dated ‘Sean Scully Caress 1987’ on the reverse.

Estimate
£180,000 - 250,000 ‡ ♠

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm
London