Wednesday 7 December 2016

Homecoming show for artist Scully

Published 13/05/2015 | 02:30

Sadhbh Cooney (10) and Rachel Burke (10) looking at one of the works by Dublin born artist Sean Scully ahead of the artist’s visit to the exhibition ‘Sean Scully at the National Gallery of Ireland’ in the Millenium wing of the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
Sadhbh Cooney (10) and Rachel Burke (10) looking at one of the works by Dublin born artist Sean Scully ahead of the artist’s visit to the exhibition ‘Sean Scully at the National Gallery of Ireland’ in the Millenium wing of the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

Having painted 1,400 paintings over the course of 50 years, artist Sean Scully shows no signs of slowing down.

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The Irish born but US-based artist was in Dublin to launch The National Gallery of Ireland's latest exhibition of his work, which coincides with his 70th birthday.

"You've got to bop until you drop," Mr Scully said. "I don't think I'll ever stop."

Born in Inchicore, the abstract artist has been twice nominated for the Turner Prize - in 1989 and 1993.

His works are on display in The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York and London's Tate but he feels a great connection here.

"I love Ireland, the more successful I am the more Irish people seem to like me," he said.

The exhibition brings together a group of paintings from the 1980s and 1990s and a more recent selection of photographs.

The exhibition runs at the gallery until September 20.

"It's a sort of homecoming for Sean," Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, Sean Rainbird said.

"The exuberant, intense colours and his perseverance as an artist connect with people. He is an incredible artist."

Frank McGuinness was among the guests who attended the opening.

Irish Independent

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