“Nearly everything I have in my work is from memory,” says Sean Scully. “From my Irish gran and from work, working in a factory, working the baling machine, loading trucks, setting type, printing. So I took all this experience and learnt to make it into art.” But not with literal imagery. Scully has also said, “My job is to return abstraction to the people: in a sense, to popularize it without lowering the bar.” The paintings in “Entre ciel et terre” (Between Heaven and Earth) pull from the series “Mirroring,” which was completed during the pandemic, and from two other series, “Wall of Light” and “Landline.” Scully points to nature and memory as a refuge during troubling times, and here his color palette is richly evocative of place. Dense and poetic blue-grays, fertile greens and ochres, laid on in wide horizontal bands, suggest horizons in the mind. —E.C.
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