Sean Scully

born 1945

Sean Scully, ‘Paul’ 1984
Paul 1984
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In Tate Britain

Biography

Sean Scully (born 30 June 1945) is an Irish-born American-based artist working as a painter, printmaker, sculptor and photographer. His work is held in museum collections worldwide and he has twice been named a Turner Prize nominee. Moving from London to New York in 1975, Scully helped lead the transition from Minimalism to Emotional abstraction in painting, abandoning the reduced vocabulary of Minimalism in favor of a return to metaphor and spirituality in art.

Scully has also been a lecturer and professor at a number of universities and is highly regarded for his writing and teachings, collected in the 2016 book, Inner: The Collected Writings and Selected Interviews of Sean Scully.

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Artworks

Film and audio

  • Sean Scully on Giorgio Morandi

    Sean Scully uses his essay Giorgio Morandi: Resistance and Persistence, published by Merrell, as a starting point to describe links …

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