You would be hard-pressed to find an abstract artist as globally well known as Sean Scully. Born in Ireland, raised in South London, and now a resident in the Big Apple, Scully has become one of the most significant painters of his generation, his work housed in major international collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. As a young man he worked in a print workshop, and print has remained an important outlet for his grid, window and stripe-based art. Join us today as we look at his important ‘Liliane’ suite of aquatint etchings, named after his wife and fellow artist Liliane Tomasko.
Sean ScullySean Scully RA is an Irish-born American-based painter and printmaker who was raised in South London and studied at Croydon College of Art and Newcastle University. He was a recipient of a graduate fellowship at Harvard in the early 1970s and subsequently settled in New York. Scully was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1989 and 1993.
Scully's paintings are often made up of a number of panels and are abstract. He paints in oils, sometimes laying the paint on quite thickly to create textured surfaces. After a brief initial period of hard-edge painting Scully abandoned the masking tape while retaining his characteristic motif of the stripe which he has developed and refined over time.