Within his practice, Scullion endeavours to make a painting without deciding what the completion of that painting might entail or how the final image will announce itself. Instead he allows the paintings to settle for periods of time after working on them, acknowledging specific chance elements that have come to exist within the paintings, independent of his own intentionality. His deferential attitude toward the use of paint as a medium allows each work to develop its own character, with flourishes, nuances and details that are particular to each composition, affording them a certain capriciousness. They are believable and convincing whilst being simultaneously nonsensical, in this way they retain their humour and lightness. Scullion is interested in the idea of nonsense, how we order truth and illusion, and the visual criteria for both. He is interested in the creation of images with such verisimilitude as to produce a trompe l'oeil. Scullion's paintings are willfully disorientating and incorporate fictional architecture and landscape. There are aspects of the image that we trust, but simultaneously know to be illogical.
Joe graduated from NCAD’s painting department in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include: As It Goes, The Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, 2018; Settle, Rua Red, 2014; Waiting to Materialise, The Talbot Gallery, 2014. Group exhibitions include: Island Life, The Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, 2018; Ozymandias, The Kevin Kavanagh Gallery 2016; Foundation 15, 2015; Centre, Pallas Projects, 2015; ELEfANTS, The Joinery, 2014. Joe was the recipient of the 2013 RDS Taylor Art Award, he has also received a Visual Arts Bursary Award (2018) and a Travel and Training Award (2014) from the Arts Council of Ireland.