“twinned blocks of reds, greys and blacks establish an expansive, pulsating rhythm”
Sean Scully’s eighth solo show at Timothy Taylor gallery is accompanied by a full colour catalogue, featuring an essay by the acclaimed writer Richard Williams.
Music, particularly jazz, has always played an inspirational part in Scully’s practice and Kind of Red references the seminal 1959 Miles Davis album Kind of Blue, which Scully absorbed while making the paintings in his German studio.
By repeating the motif of twinned blocks of reds, greys and blacks in differing orientations across five separate panels, Scully establishes an expansive, pulsating rhythm. As Richard Williams observes, “…just as Davis worked on the modes that were to replace conventional harmonic structures throughout most of Kind of Blue, so Scully devised the format and the ground…on which the Kind of Red paintings were to be made.”