Sean Scully studied at Croydon College of Art between 1965-7 of Art and then at Newcastle University between 1967-71. In 1975 he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship and established a studio in New York, where he settled, becoming an American citizen in 1983.
Over the years, Scully has developed and refined his own recognisable style of geometric abstraction and most notably his characteristic motif of the ‘stripe'. Although he his predominately known for his monumental paintings, he is also a gifted printmaker who has made a notable body of woodcuts and etchings.
Scully has had major retrospective exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, in 1989 and a touring show initiated in 1995 at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington. In 2001 his 'Painting, Drawings Photographs 1990-2001' exhibition, travelled from the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen in Dusseldorf to the Haus Der Kunst in Munich and to I.V.A.M.in Valencia. His paintings and prints are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the National Gallery, Washington, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, the Tate Gallery, London, Louisiana, Denmark and the Reina Sofia, Madrid.
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