Sean Scully’s work consists of painting and prints on paper which predominantly combine soft edge linework and a thin, uneven application of color on a geometric base. Scully’s early watercolor compositions use stripes, grids, and dark, earthy tones, and allow the paint to gather and pool in areas which cover the striped foundation. This use of formal composition against the natural variations of watercolor is typical of Scully’s work. He has even described this contrast as a “battle between system and emotion.” Scully’s paintings have consistently remained faithful to abstraction through images of architectural, building and construction elements. Lately, he has enhanced these often used stripes with a more formal checkerboard pattern.
Born in 1945, Scully has been nominated twice for the Turner Prize. He has exhibited widely in Europe and the United States, and is represented in the permanent collections of a number of museums and public galleries, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., The Art Institute of Chicago, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, the National Gallery of Australia, the Tate Gallery, London, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. The artist lives and works in New York City, Barcelona and Munich.
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