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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

Current Exhibitions and Events
Feb, 2015 Landline
Cheim & Read

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:

Jul, 2014 Summer Exhibition
Alan Cristea Gallery - 31 Cork St
Jul, 2014 Summer Exhibition
Alan Cristea Gallery- 34 Cork St
Jul, 2014 As Exciting As We Can Make It: Ikon in the 1980s
Ikon Gallery
Jun, 2014 Love Story
21er Haus
Jun, 2014 Kind of Red
Timothy Taylor Gallery
Jun, 2014 IMMA Collection: Conversations
Irish Museum of Modern Art
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