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Sean Scully, 1945 —

Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1945, Sean Scully has gained international prominence as one of the most admired contemporary abstract painters working today. Fusing the traditions of European painting with the distinct character of American abstraction, Scully’s great achievement is the reinvigoration of abstract painting with the metaphorical, the philosophical and the sublime, combined with the earthy tangibility of paint.

In the 1980s, Scully moved away from his precisely gridded works of the 1970s to create a uniquely sculptural form of painting, consisting of monumental, interconnected three-dimensional panels worked in strong earthy colours with hand-drawn lines and stripes. Subtly figurative despite their resolute abstraction, the 80s works powerfully suggest fragility and fallibility.

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Sean Scully – Timothy Taylor