Sean Scully, ‘Untitled (Horizontals: Brown)’, 1976, Heritage Auctions
Sean Scully, ‘Untitled (Horizontals: Brown)’, 1976, Heritage Auctions
Sean Scully, ‘Untitled (Horizontals: Brown)’, 1976, Heritage Auctions
Sean Scully, ‘Untitled (Horizontals: Brown)’, 1976, Heritage Auctions

Signature: Signed, titled, dated, and inscribed verso: Sean Scully 1976 / Untitled / Acrylic / 36" x 36"

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Christie's New York, November 15, 1995, lot 344; Private collection, New York.

About Sean Scully

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.”

Irish, b. 1945, Dublin, Ireland

Solo Shows

2019
National Gallery, 
London, UK,
Sea Star: Sean Scully
2018
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 
Wakefield, UK,
Sean Scully: Inside Outside
2018
Washington, D.C., USA,
Sean Scully: Landline
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