Artist of the moment…..Sean Scully

Sean Scully is a contemporary American artist born in Dublin, Ireland in the year 1945.  When he was four years of age Scully and his family moved to London, England. For his collegiate studies Scully attended the Croyden College of Art located in London. The artist also attended Newcasle University located in Newcastle Upon Tyme. Scully also studied at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

price range information: Sean Scully has broken the one million dollar mark at auction. For woodcuts and various prints prices are $5,000 to $15,000. Originals done in acrylics, pastels, and oils start in the low six figure range.

Scully is best known for abstract work featuring basic geometric shapes, often times a square shape. He also takes photographs looking for similar shapes.

Moved to the United States in 1975 and applied for citzenship.

For his work he uses watercolour and most often oils. Many times he paints his squares to resemble a checkerboard. If not using the checkerboard design Scully uses the shape of a stripe. Scully is also a wonderful printmaker working with woodcuts.

Scully is most associated with the Minimalist movement.

In this clip we see some great examples of Scully’s work with the stripe and with his checkerboard design from a museum show that took place in Ireland.

Nominated twice for the Turner Award,  a leading prize in Great Britain.

Was a teaching professor at the Chelsea School of Art in London and Princeton University in the United States.

Received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in the United States in 1983.

In this clip we hear why Sean Scully chose to take up abstract painting.

And to close we visit a museum located in Bern, Switzerland to further study the checkerboard design theme.


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