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Sean Scully

Sean Scully is considered to be one of the world’s leading abstract painters. Born in Dublin and raised in London, he now lives between New York and Germany. Appropriately, therefore, Scully’s art is thoroughly international in perspective, drawing on the diverse historical and cultural influences of places that, at different times, have been profoundly important to him. He has taken inspiration from many cherished, varied elements of European culture (ranging from the harmonic ideals of ancient Greek architecture to the vernacular design of stone walls in rural Ireland) but he has also successfully responded to – and built on – the legacy of abstraction in the United States. Scully’s commanding, internationally recognizable style of abstract art – based on repeating and steadily adapting arrangements of discretely nuanced blocks of colour – combines considerable painterly drama with great visual delicacy. It is an art of tremendous vigour: Scully is a forceful, physical artist, who creates intentionally monumental spaces. But it is also an art of acute concentration and care: his work involves an ongoing negotiation between the monumental and the intimate.

 

Sean Scully lives and works in New York and Germany.

Selected Works

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Sean Scully 
Wall Dark Green, 2021
oil on linen
101.6 x 101.6 cm / 40 x 40 in 

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Sean Scully 
Wall 23.10.20, 2020
pastel on paper
55.9 x 76.2 cm / 22 x 30 in paper size 
71 x 91 x 5 cm / 28 x 35.8 x 2 in framed

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Sean Scully 
Wall Red Red, 2020
oil on Linen
160 x 160 x 7.5 cm / 63 x 63 x 3 in 

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2014 Landline Red Red

Sean Scully
Landline Red Red, 2014
oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in 
Collection of National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

  

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Doric M.12.2020

Sean Scully
Doric M.12.2020, 2020
pastel on paper
101.6 x 152.4 cm / 40 x 60 in paper size
120.7 x 171.5 cm / 47.5 x 67.5 in framed

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Landline Far Brown

Sean Scully
Landline Far Brown, 2018
oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in 

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Sean Scully 
Landline Gray, 2015
oil on aluminum
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in   
Collection of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

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Sean Scully 
Red Doric 7.15.19, 2019
pastel on paper
102.6 x 152.4 cm / 40.4 x 60 in paper size
119.2 x 168.2 x 7 cm /46.9 x 66.2 x 2.8 in framed

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Wall Yellow Lake, 2018

Sean Scully
Wall Yellow Lake, 2018
oil on aluminum
149.9 x 170.2 cm / 59 x 67 in

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Sean Scully 
Landline Pale Dark, 2015
oil on canvas
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in   

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2015 Boxes Full of Air

Sean Scully
Boxes Full of Air, 2015
corten steel
3.66 x 6.10 x 15.24 m / 12 x 20 x 50 ft 
Installation at Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence

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Sean Scully 
Landline River, 2017
oil on aluminum
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in   
Collection of De Pont Museum, Tilburg

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2014 Landline Green White

Sean Scully
Landline Green White, 2014
oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in 

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2007 Wall of Light Cubed

Sean Scully
Wall of Light Cubed, 2007
granite
2000 x 800 x 400 cm / 787.4 x 315 x 157.5 in
Installation at Château La Coste, Aix en Provence

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Sean Scully 
Landline Black Blue, 2014
oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in 

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Sean Scully 
Wall Dark Green, 2021
oil on linen
101.6 x 101.6 cm / 40 x 40 in 

Sean Scully 
Wall 23.10.20, 2020
pastel on paper
55.9 x 76.2 cm / 22 x 30 in paper size 
71 x 91 x 5 cm / 28 x 35.8 x 2 in framed

Sean Scully 
Wall Red Red, 2020
oil on Linen
160 x 160 x 7.5 cm / 63 x 63 x 3 in 

2014 Landline Red Red

Sean Scully
Landline Red Red, 2014
oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in 
Collection of National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

  

Doric M.12.2020

Sean Scully
Doric M.12.2020, 2020
pastel on paper
101.6 x 152.4 cm / 40 x 60 in paper size
120.7 x 171.5 cm / 47.5 x 67.5 in framed

Landline Far Brown

Sean Scully
Landline Far Brown, 2018
oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in 

Sean Scully 
Landline Gray, 2015
oil on aluminum
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in   
Collection of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Sean Scully 
Red Doric 7.15.19, 2019
pastel on paper
102.6 x 152.4 cm / 40.4 x 60 in paper size
119.2 x 168.2 x 7 cm /46.9 x 66.2 x 2.8 in framed

Wall Yellow Lake, 2018

Sean Scully
Wall Yellow Lake, 2018
oil on aluminum
149.9 x 170.2 cm / 59 x 67 in

Sean Scully 
Landline Pale Dark, 2015
oil on canvas
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in   

2015 Boxes Full of Air

Sean Scully
Boxes Full of Air, 2015
corten steel
3.66 x 6.10 x 15.24 m / 12 x 20 x 50 ft 
Installation at Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence

Sean Scully 
Landline River, 2017
oil on aluminum
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in   
Collection of De Pont Museum, Tilburg

2014 Landline Green White

Sean Scully
Landline Green White, 2014
oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in 

2007 Wall of Light Cubed

Sean Scully
Wall of Light Cubed, 2007
granite
2000 x 800 x 400 cm / 787.4 x 315 x 157.5 in
Installation at Château La Coste, Aix en Provence

Sean Scully 
Landline Black Blue, 2014
oil on aluminium
215.9 x 190.5 cm / 85 x 75 in 

Exhibitions

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Sean Scully
Eleuthera, 2021
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

Sean Scully
Passenger, 2020
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

 

Sean Scully
Human, 2019
Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy

Sean Scully
Vita Duplex, 2018
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany

Sean Scully
Landlines and other recent works, 2018
De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Sean Scully
Different Places, 2015
Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France

Sean Scully
Eleuthera, 2021
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

Sean Scully
Passenger, 2020
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

 

Sean Scully
Human, 2019
Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy

Sean Scully
Vita Duplex, 2018
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany

Sean Scully
Landlines and other recent works, 2018
De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Sean Scully
Different Places, 2015
Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France

Sean Scully, I paint anyway, Hungarian National Gallery, 2020

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Hungarian National Gallery 2020

Sean Scully, I paint anyway, Hungarian National Gallery, 2020