#8 Sean Scully (b.1945-)
While Scully calls himself a Romantic, I’d more likely call him a spiritualist harking back from the medieval tradition. His repeating textures are highly reminiscent to many of the precursors to abstract expressionism one can find a thousand years back such as the glowing decoration of The Book of Kells or the design of the Durham Cathedral.
Like such passionate believers in the beauty of variation and repetition as Bach or Ozu, Scully makes the carpet-like patterns of carefully organized stripes a religion. His greatest works it seems are the ones that maintain a highly baroque and monotone pattern, with a sudden interruption in order by another order, that is, not a dissent from pattern by chaos, but a digression from dominating order to a minor one.
Like many works of abstract expressionism, Scully’s exist outside of time and space, yet they have a certain baroque precision to them, even more so than other Color Field paintings. In this regard he is just as much a craftsman as he is a painter. His stripes of his paintings like bricks to some grand cathedral that shall forever be unconstructed.