In his work, Scully combines European and American pictorial traditions. His abstract paintings are possessed of an austere pictorial structure, divided up into grids by contrasting coloured stripes, bars and fields, which penetrate or overlap each other. At the same time, the haptic quality of his paintings captivates the viewer: a concealed sensuality evokes a rich world of imagery, which whilst remaining elusive, is always present and arouses curiosity. In this way, Scully succeeds in encapsulating emotions, atmospheres, associations and ‘images’ within his abstract compositions. Titles such as “Darkness and Heat“, “Happy Days“, “Königin der Nacht“ or “Mirror Silver“ underscore the narrative moment. “It is this intimation of the real world, of the objects, of the countless stories lying beyond, beneath and between the geometrical form of the rectangle – which characterise the enormous power of the paintings of Sean Scully”. Of this Susanne Kleine, the curator of the exhibition, is convinced.