On the Line: Conversations with Sean Scully

Thames & Hudson, 30 Sep 2021

On the Line: Conversations with Sean Scully

Sean Scully is one the most acclaimed artists of his generation. Mostly known for abstract paintings in which he constantly renews a visual lexicon based on colour blocks and stripes, he is also an accomplished storyteller who brilliantly comments on art history as well as his own practice. This publication compiles conversations held over the phone with critic and poet Kelly Grovier.

On the Line: Conversations with Sean Scully

In my work, there is beauty. But beauty is not beautiful; it’s tragic because it is an example of the difference between art and life.

- Sean Scully
On the Line: Conversations with Sean Scully
On the Line: Conversations with Sean Scully

In these transcripts, Scully movingly recalls his childhood on the Dublin streets, spending his teenage years in South London, the challenges he had to face while studying art, accomplishments and losses that marked an extraordinary life – from homelessness to fame. He also describes at length how artists such as Van Gogh, Titian or Paul Klee have had a strong influence on his creative process.   

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On the Line: Conversations with Sean Scully

All images courtesy of Sean Scully and Thames & Hudson