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  • Writer's pictureHaydn Dickenson


Updated: Nov 26, 2022

WIEDERHOLUNG - Haydn Dickenson 2021

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.”

These words, by the poet Robert Frost, have always resonated deeply within me; the journey, and the attendant dusky, bosky, humid, scented depths of the forest which may nevertheless afford unease within their hypnotic loveliness.


The contemporary artist Sean Scully is a polarising figure. I find his work by turns repetitive and profoundly, even mesmerically engaging.

Here is a man who, coming from a humble background and armed with his totally admirable self-belief, knocked on the doors of all the New York galleries until he got the response he wanted, leading him to become one of the world's most successful living artists.

With that trajectory in mind, does he come across as bombastic and arrogant? No; Sean Scully is a gentle man who states that:

We are all part of Nature. We are not better than Nature. We are the children of Nature”

I like this. I like the way that he articulates how, in his “Geometry painted expressively”, the natural world is both referenced and reverenced in a gentle though provocative way.

Nature, for me, is the base metal for everything. The colours and forms in my art frequently echo the Natural World from which I draw daily solace and energy.

INTIMACY - Haydn Dickenson 2017

Copyright Haydn Dickenson 2022


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