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Sean Scully

Barcelona, 1999

Oil on canvas
20 × 16 in
50.8 × 40.6 cm
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Throughout his career, Scully has developed an artistic language that fuses spontaneous abstraction …

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Throughout his career, Scully has developed an artistic language that fuses spontaneous abstraction with premeditated geometric repetition. Born in Ireland, he and his family immigrated to England when he was four years old. His experiences in both places translate into a body of work produced over thirty years. His …

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Signed, titled, and dated verso: Sean Scully / Barcelona / 10.5.99
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Sean Scully
Irish, b. 1945
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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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About the work
Exhibition history
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Provenance
HA
Heritage Auctions

Throughout his career, Scully has developed an artistic language that fuses spontaneous abstraction …

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Throughout his career, Scully has developed an artistic language that fuses spontaneous abstraction with premeditated geometric repetition. Born in Ireland, he and his family immigrated to England when he was four years old. His experiences in both places translate into a body of work produced over thirty years. His …

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Signature
Signed, titled, and dated verso: Sean Scully / Barcelona / 10.5.99
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Sean Scully
Irish, b. 1945
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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.”

Sean Scully

Barcelona, 1999

Oil on canvas
20 × 16 in
50.8 × 40.6 cm
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