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Scully has developed a distinctive visual language of stacked horizontal and vertical stripes, painted in varying widths. His compositions thrive on imbalance and opposition, incorporating sharply-contrasting elements and irregular rhythms. In Tonio Scully joined four separate panels of varying depths to create a painted relief. The parts occupy several planes and project over the edge of what might otherwise have been a perfect rectangle. ‘I liked the idea of looking at a painting that you could not look at just from the front but had to move around’, he has said.

February 2011