TOUCHSTONES: Works of Art – Sean Scully

Sean Scully Work at the Fort Worth Modern Museum

Sean Scully Work at the Fort Worth Modern Museum

Artists–particularly painters–have a visceral connection to color that informs their work, their observations, and even their world view.  I often look to paintings for ideas about color palettes and always find something intriguing, even transformative, that enables me to rethink combinations and contrasts.  We react emotionally to color in painting, and I believe we should utilize this same stimulus and instinct in creating interiors.

Some of my favorite works are by Sean Scully, particularly his Wall of Light series.  I love so much about these paintings:  the graphic patterns, the soft texture, the thick layering of paint–but most of all the impression of color perfected.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has an entire gallery devoted to Scully’s works.  As I stood surrounded by his large canvases, I was struck by their harmony and subtlety and felt none of the melancholy that many commentators see in his work.

These are colors to live with, I thought.  Even the strongest hues would be perfect values for translation into an interior space.  His reds, yellows, and blues are reduced, and serve as a reminder that colors used for accent can be most beautiful when softened and toned back a shade or two.

You can see Scully’s paintings on the websites of the Met in New York, the Phillips in Washington, DC and the Modern in Fort Worth.  But you have to stand before these works to appreciate them fully–all the pixels in the world can’t do justice to their texture and atmosphere.

Sean Scully, Fort Worth Modern

Sean Scully Work at the Fort Worth Modern Museum

Sean Scully Paintings

Sean Scully Paintings

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