Thursday, 20 May 2010

World-famous artist Sean Scully coming to Leeds

Caption: 'Without' by Sean Scully is part of the collection

One of the most famous modern abstract artists in the world will be in Leeds next week as a special new exhibition by Sean Scully begins at Leeds Art Gallery.

Beginning on Wednesday 26th May, the exhibition entitled ‘Works from the 1980s’ showcases the work of Turner Prize nominee Scully during the period when his international reputation was forged.

The artist himself we will be in Leeds to open the exhibition and at 4pm on Tuesday 25th May will be giving a special talk about his work at the Rose Bowl Lecture Theatre behind Civic Hall with admission free and all welcome.

Born in Dublin, Scully settled in New York in 1975 and is widely credited with developing the field of abstract art in the years which followed with his use of minimalist shapes and multiple layers of paint.

The exhibition which is supported by the Arts Council is made up of paintings by Scully from the 1980s, along with works on paper provided by the artist from his own private collection. His growing reputation during the decade led to Scully being nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize in both 1989 and 1993, and his works can also currently be seen in some of the finest art galleries in the world including The Tate Gallery in London, the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the National Gallery of Australia.

Scully is quoted as saying of his work: “I liked the idea of looking at a painting that you could not look at just from the front, but had to move around.”

Welcoming the exhibition, Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:

“It is fantastic that Leeds Art Gallery has been able to attract an artist of such world-famous renown as Sean Scully so we are looking forward to the exhibition starting.

“This is another great sign of the standing of Leeds Art Gallery as one of the major galleries outside London and that should be a source of great pride for the city and everyone involved in its success.”

Special exhibition tours will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm and on Saturdays at 11am. For further information on Leeds

The exhibition ‘Sean Scully: Works from the 1980s’ runs at Leeds Art Gallery on The Headrow from Wednesday 26th May to Sunday 8th August 2010. Admission is free.

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