Sean Scully: In the Studio

Sean Scully in his Barcelona studio (detail of photograph by Nick Ballon)
Sean Scully in his Barcelona studio (detail of photograph by Nick Ballon)

Sam Phillips visits the Barcelona studio of painter Sean Scully in advance of the exhibition Sean Scully: Triptychs at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, on view from November 2 – January 26, 2014.

Scully tells Phillips: "Painting is an animal that is not a dodo: it will not become extinct...It always has the ability to shape-shift itself into something different as an art form." Bemoaning the divide between the art world and artists, he continues: "alot of people are interested in art as a form of entertainment or as a one-liner. I’m interested in mystic profundity, primitive utterance and the whole pathos of the history of painting. This is a deep ambition.’"