Sean Scully

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Wall of Light Angel, 2007 Oil On Aluminum © Courtesy of Galerie Lelong, Paris
LANDBAR, 2009 Oil On Aluminum 110 X 160 In (279.4 X 406.4 Cm) © Sean Scully /Courtesy of Galerie Lelong, New York
‘Wall of Light Red Pink Red’, 2009 Oil On Alu Bond 67 X 63 In. / 170.2 X 160 Cm © Copyright, Sean Scully; Courtesy, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
© Courtesy of the artist & Alexander and Bonin
Coloured Wall, 2.003 Lithograph 22 X 18 Cm © Marco de Arco
Yellow Red, 1994 Etching With Aquatint 15 7/10 X 29 7/10 Inches, Wove Paper Edition Of 30 Signed, Titled And Dated In Pencil © Courtesy of the Artist and Leslie Sacks Fine Art
Triptych 11.15.08, 2008 Watercolor On Paper 15 X 17 11/16 Inches © Courtesy of the artist & The Drawing Center
Change #7, 1975 Acrylic And Tape On Paper 22 1/2 X 30 2/3 Inches © Courtesy Neo Neo Inc, New York. Photo © Sean Scully.
Enter Six (f), 1998. From a set of 6 Aquatints Paper 76.2 X 55.9 Cm Image 45.7 X 35.6 Cm. Edition Of 40 © Courtesy of the Artist and Alan Cristea Gallery - 31 Cork St
© Courtesy of the artist & Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA)
Doric , 2011 Etching, Edition Of 40 © Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong - Paris
Chelsea Wall #1, 1999 Oil On Canvas 110 X 132 Inches (279 X 336 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & Philadelphia Museum of Art
Installation View © Courtesy of the artist & Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
Change #7 (detail), 1975 Acrylic And Tape On Paper 22 1/2 X 30 2/3 Inches © Courtesy of the artist & Neo Neo Inc, New York
UNTITLED (WALL OF LIGHT), 2012 Oil On Aluminum 85 X 75 Inches 215.9 X 190.5 Centimeters © Courtesy of the artist & Cheim & Read
Pink Dark Triptych, 2011 Oil On Linen © Courtesy of the artist & The Pallant House Gallery
Landline Blue, 2014 Oil On Aluminium 85 X 75 In. / 215.9 X 190.5 Cm © The Artist and Timothy Taylor Gallery
© Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong - Paris
Landline Wave, 2014 Oil On Aluminum 85 X 75 In. © Sean Scully
Wall of Light Horizon, 2005 Oil On Canvas. Famsf, Museum Purchase, Gift Of Nan Tucker Mc Evoy, 2007.2a B. Floral Design By The Tompkison Group. Photograph © Greg A. Lato / latoga photography
Landline Black Line, 2014 Oil On Aluminium 215.9 X 190.5 Cm / 85 X 75 In © The artist & Kerlin Gallery
216 X 190 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Guangdong Museum of Art
© Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Lelong
© Courtesy of the Artist and Timothy Taylor
Quick Facts
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.

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