Colourland 2005

Sean Scully (born 1945, Dublin, Ireland)

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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Courtesy Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

Sean Scully was born in 1945 in Dublin, Ireland, and moved to England with his family in 1949. In 1975 he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship and settled in New York, gaining American citizenship in 1983. Scully was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1989 and in 1993. Working in the tradition of abstract painting Scully’s work reflects his interest in landscapes and architectural structures. Colourland reduces the urban and rural landscape to a spatial field composed of layers of colour laid out in horizontal and vertical grids. Like all of Scully’s paintings energy radiates out from Colourland through a considered synthesis of colour and line to create rhythm, balance and harmony within the painting.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, 2006
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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