Sean Scully on painting as combat (and Zen practice)

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THE ROUGH trade of boxing and the high-end art world operate at different ends of the social spectrum. Yet for Sean Scully there are parallels between the best practitioners in each field. Both are gifted with a Zen-like quality to react instinctively and follow their intuition. “Boxing requires a huge amount of intuition,” he says. “You have to change your mind about what you’re doing, while you’re doing it. That’s intuition. That’s a lot like what I do.”

Mr Scully dons white overalls to paint, and even works with metal and spray guns, producing art that has the imprint of human labour. Speaking at a press conference at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe for the opening of a…Continue reading

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