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Sean Scully, b.1945

7/7/91 in Memory of Robin Walker1991

‘7.7.91 For Robin Walker’ is a drawing in pastel in keeping with the robust quality of Sean Scully’s larger canvases. In this work the artist has built up a velvety texture, where layers of chalky pigment are roughly applied with softened edges revealing the paper underneath. The tones of orange ochre, deep petrol blue, pinkish whites and charcoal create a soothing sense of order. Scully’s vertical stripes inset with boxes of horizontal stripes nestle comfortably without appearing static.

MediumPastel on paper
Dimensions101 x 152 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donated by the artist, 1991
Item NumberIMMA.35
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Image Caption
Sean Scully, 7/7/91 in Memory of Robin Walker, 1991, Pastel on paper, 101 x 152 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donated by the artist, 1991

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About the Artist

Sean Scully b.1945

Sean Scully was born in Dublin and raised in London. He moved to New York to undertake a graduate fellowship at Harvard in the early 1970s. Scully is now renowned worldwide for his adherence to the stripe in his expressionist painting. In the 1980s Scully loosened the precise grid-like style of his early works in favour of bold rough edged columns and panels of thickly applied paint. Scully was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1989 and 1993. He has exhibited extensively in Europe and the US and is represented in major public collections worldwide.
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