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Sean Scully

Landline Blue (from the Landline series), 2014

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Lot 18
Etching with aquatint, spit bite, and sugar-lift in colors on wove paper
12.4 x 9.8 in (31.5 x 24.9 cm)
Edition of 30
Signed, titled, dated, numbered, and blind-stamped on recto


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The Landline series by Sean Scully features thick, gestural brushstrokes and thick bands of color, reminiscent of Mark Rothko. Created from a vision of the land, sea, and sky, the present work features strokes of blues and a pop of yellow across a pictorial space.

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About Sean Scully

One of the most important abstract painters living today, Sean Scully (Irish, b. 1945) shrouds sensitivity in brutality. The visual language of the two-time Turner prize-nominated artist is etymologically linked to Abstract Expressionism, and communicates wide-ranging atmospheres through stripes and floating blocks of color. Scully’s architectural photography shares the same concerns for color and inset forms as his paintings, locating beauty in mundane and decaying structures. Scully’s works appear in numerous public collections including Tate Gallery, London, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.