Sean Scully

Irish, b. 1945

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Sean Scully

Irish, b. 1945

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Biography

Demonstrating an unwavering commitment to abstraction, Sean Scully’s paintings and works on paper combine an underlying geometric structure with soft edges and uneven application of pigment. Scully’s compositions often employ stripes, grids, and dark, earthy tones, as seen in early watercolors where Scully allowed the paint to puddle and overlap with a larger stripe motif. This integration of structured composition with the idiosyncrasies of the chosen medium is typical of Scully’s work; the artist has described this duality as a “battle between system and emotion.”

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$2m, Sotheby's, 2017
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Solo show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 3 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Biography

Demonstrating an unwavering commitment to abstraction, Sean Scully’s paintings and works on paper combine an underlying geometric structure with soft edges and uneven application of pigment. Scully’s compositions often employ stripes, grids, and dark, earthy tones, as seen in early watercolors where Scully allowed the paint to puddle and overlap with a larger stripe motif. This integration of structured composition with the idiosyncrasies of the chosen medium is typical of Scully’s work; the artist has described this duality as a “battle between system and emotion.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$2m, Sotheby's, 2017
User
Solo show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Shows Featuring Sean Scully
Articles Featuring Sean Scully
Giorgio Morandi and Sean Scully Inspire a Show That Celebrates the “Resistance and Persistence” of Art
Jan 11th, 2016
Kind of Red: An Ode to Jazz in the Paintings of Sean Scully
Jun 11th, 2014
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