Sean Scully is an Irish-born American artist known for his abstract grid paintings. Scully was raised in South London and studied at Newcastle University before receiving a graduate fellowship from Harvard in 1970. After graduating, he moved to New York and continued his grid paintings. When asked to elaborate on his inspiration, he remarked, "I remember growing up in Ireland and everything being chequered, even the fields and the people."
Scully describes his checkerboard canvases as going against the current fashion of the bizarre and odd. His paintings are done in earthy oil tones composed of harsh and soft lines and sometimes incorporate multiple canvases. Scully has said that his work is a “battle between system and emotion,” and he is constantly coming up with new compositions. In 1989 and 1993, he was nominated for the Turner Prize, a high honor given by the Tate to a British artist under 50. The artist currently spends his time working between New York, Barcelona, and Munich.
Sean Scully’s work is featured in thepermanent collections of theMFA in Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Artin New York,the MoMA,the Guggenheim Museumin New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of ArtWashington D.C., the Smithsonian American Art MuseumWashington D.C., the Albright-Knox Art Galleryin Buffalo, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Walker Art Centerin Minneapolis, the National Gallery of Australia, El Museo Nacional Reina Sofíain Madrid, the Tate Modernin London, the Irish Museum of Modern Artin Dublin, the Nagoya City Art Museumin Japan, Art Gallery of Ontarioand the National Gallery of Victoriain Melbourne.
Related Categories: Post-minimalism, Striped, Contemporary Color Fields, Post-War American Art, Line, Form and Color, Patterns, Impasto, United Kingdom and Ireland, Watercolor, United States.