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Image: Sean Scully with Diagonal Light, 1972. Image courtesy the artist. Copyright Sean Scully 

If you’ve ever seen a piece of art by Irish-born artist Sean Scully, you’ll know that his work is instantly recognisable. Scully, who developed his iconic style while studying Fine Art at Newcastle University between 1968-1971, is fascinated by stripes, geometric shapes and what falls between them. He suggests subject matter and mood through a combination of bold, sometimes contrasting colours that pop off the canvas while also drawing the viewer’s eye fluidly across each work with every line. Harnessing the deeply communicative nature that abstract art can harbour and becoming an icon of post-minimalist art, it’s unsurprising that he’s twice been nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize.

For this new major retrospective of his work, two major sites of Scully’s career are being revisited: Newcastle and Liverpool. Essentially returning to the area where his style first blossomed by having his work exhibited between the Laing and Hatton galleries on Tyneside, 1970 takes a closer look at the vibrancy and confident, daring nature of his paintings, as well as showing off some of his sketches from 1967-1969, which still provide him with inspiration. It’s a unique opportunity to take in one some of the best from one of the world’s most celebrated abstract artists.

Sean Scully: 1970 is at the Laing Art Gallery and the Hatton in Newcastle between Saturday 10th February Monday 28th May.

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