1945 (Dublin, Ireland)
New York / Ireland
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|Sean Scully is known for his paintings of bold, opposing stripes, grids
and checkerboard patterns. His palette is earthy and rich in
browns, blacks and ochres. The inspiration for the striped motif
he uses was from a trip he took to Morocco in 1970. For him, the
striped Moroccan fabrics dyed in deep red and indigo were stunning
His early works from the 1970s were more structured
than his later works that explored a new instability between the shapes
in the canvases. Scully's painting style has been compared to
that of Frank Stella, Jasper Johns and Brice Marden, but Scullys
surfaces seem more natural, with visible brushwork and natural hues.
work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum,
Metropolitan Museum of Art, the High Museum and the Mary Boone Gallery
in New York. Other public collections include the Saint Louis Art
Museum, the Tate Gallery, London, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
born in Dublin, Ireland, but he was raised in South
London. He has been living and working in the United States since
1975 and has been an American citizen since 1983. Scully
currently lives in New York, Barcelona and London.
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