Sean Scully A Happy Land 1987

Artwork details

Sean Scully born 1945
A Happy Land
Date 1987
Medium Oil paint on 3 canvases
Dimensions Displayed: 2444 x 2444 x 77 mm
Acquisition Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996 to celebrate the Tate Gallery Centenary 1997

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Although Scully has said that this painting is about ‘a land that doesn’t exist’, the warm colours and balanced composition have been linked to his brief stay in California during the mid-1980s. ‘I needed my work to grow, to be less overtly physical and more intensely emotional and psychological’, he has said. The painting consists of three separate panels, with two C-shaped canvases enclosing the central square.

September 2004