Sea Star: Sean Scully at the National Gallery

Sean Scully National Gallery

See new work by Sean Scully inspired by the National Gallery Collection and Joseph Mallord William Turner’s ‘The Evening Star’.

In this new work Irish-born, American-based Scully (born 1945) takes Turner’s atmospheric landscape as his starting point. A boy on the shore sets off for home as the sky and sea darken. For Scully, this melancholic picture is one of Turner’s most profound works, to which he feels a deep connection.

Poignant and poetic, Scully’s abstract works are constructed from panels painted in oil, often with thickly applied paint to create rich, textured surfaces. Using the motif of the stripe or chequerboards, the artist evokes landscapes and architecture, horizons, fields, and coastlines; his contemplative forms become reminders of personal experiences and distinctive moments.

The exhibition charts Scully’s personal journey of deep admiration for colour, composition, and the power of painting.

Location: Ground Floor Galleries

Duration 13 April 2019 - 11 August 2019
Times Daily 10am–6pm Friday 10am–9pm
Cost Free
Venue National Gallery
Address Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
Contact 2077472885 / /


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