Sean Scully


The internationally renowned artist Sean Scully (b. 1945, Dublin) is known above all for his abstract, expressively painted works.

He creates large-format paintings with an intense application of colour and rough brushstrokes; he often has checkered or striped patterns emerge, thus reproducing the aesthetic of geometric minimalism.

Sean Scully: Eleuthera shows the artist from a much more private side. At the centre of the exhibition is the Eleuthera series from the years 2016–17, in which he examines a very familiar topic.

The series consists of 25 large-format oil paintings depicting Oisín, the artist’s seven-year-old son, playing on the beach of Eleuthera, an island in the Bahamas.

This publication presents Scully’s new group of works for the first time and also features photographs and sketches of his son, upon which the paintings are based.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Sean Scully: Eleuthera at The Albertina Museum, Vienna (7 June – 8 September 2019).

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