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Sean Scully

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Dublin, Ireland

Birth year

Lives in
New York City, Barcelona, and Munich

Works in
New York City, Barcelona, and Munich


Sean Scully is an Irish-born American painter and printmaker who has twice been named a Turner Prize nominee. His work is collected in major museums worldwide.

Scully's paintings are often made up of a number of panels and are abstract. Scully paints in oils, sometimes laying the paint on quite thickly to create textured surfaces. After a brief initial period of hard-edge painting Scully abandoned the masking tape while retaining his characteristic motif of the stripe which he has developed and refined over time. His paintings typically involve architectural constructions of abutting walls and panels of painted stripes. In recent years he has augmented his trademark stripes by also deploying a mode of compositional patterning more reminiscent of a checkerboard. He has stated that this style represents the way in which Ireland has moved towards a more chequered society. He stated in 2006, "I remember growing up in Ireland and everything being chequered, even the fields and the people."

He was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.

Recent Exhibits

Sean Scully participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2016 Material Considerations
John Berggruen Gallery
Oct, 2015 Passion and Commitment: The Art of Luther Brady
Sep, 2015 Surface Tension
FLAG Art Foundation
Jul, 2015 Summer Exhibition
Alan Cristea Gallery- 34 Cork St
Jul, 2015 Summer Exhibition
Alan Cristea Gallery - 31 Cork St
Jun, 2015 Sean Scully, Home
Kerlin Gallery
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