Abstract painter Sean Scully was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1945, and in 1949, he and his family moved to England. Scully studied painting at Croydon College of Art from 1965 to 1967, and then studied and taught at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne from 1967 to 1971. He received a graduate fellowship at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, after which he settled in New York City and obtained his American citizenship in 1983. Scully was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1989 and 1993.
Scully’s work is included in the permanent collections of many prominent museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New
York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the National Gallery, Washington D.C.; and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco; the National Gallery of Australia; the Tate Gallery, London; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. He currently lives and works in New York City, Barcelona, and Munich, and is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich.
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