DUBLIN.- Doric is an exhibition of paintings by the internationally acclaimed abstract painter Sean Scully. The exhibition comprises seven monumental paintings, heroic in scale and concept, alongside smaller more intimate works in oil, pastel, watercolour and print, revealing something of the breadth and depth of this renowned artist's oeuvre. Doric is one of the three orders of classical Greek architecture and was the inspiration for these recent paintings, created since 2008. The Doric order impressed Scully for its simplicity and force. As he explains, the spaces between the columns are space for thought, for light, for questioning and growth.
The exhibition also includes a series of watercolours inspired by the beautiful and ancient ruins on the Greek island of Simi. On his visits there in the 1980s, Scully was struck by how classical forms are embedded in the simplest of structures.
Voted one of Ireland's favourite artists in 2012, Scully was born in Dublin in 1945 and now spends his time between New York and Europe. A great supporter of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, in 2006 he presented eight paintings to the gallery in celebration of the opening of the new wing, significantly adding to the renown of the contemporary collection. He has exhibited extensively and over the last decade has held retrospectives in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Australia.
Sean Scully: Doric is curated by Oscar Humphries and is presented in association with Benaki Museum, Athens and IVAM, Valencia.