Sea Star: Sean Scully at the National Gallery

Sea Star: Sean Scully at the National Gallery


This catalogue showcases a recent body of work inspired by the National Gallery’s own collection and in particular by J.M.W. Turner’s The Evening Star (about 1830). For Scully, this elegiac picture constitutes one of Turner’s most profound paintings, leading to new departures in his own work. Using the motif of stripes or chequerboards, Scully evokes landscapes and architecture, horizons, fields and coastlines, in which his contemplative forms become reminders of personal experiences and distinctive moments. Vast, bold panel paintings with richly textured surfaces are illustrated together with delicate works on paper: aquatints and luminous pastels.

The accompanying text includes newly commissioned essays, and poetry by Vahni Capildeo and Kelly Grovier, while a unique photo essay by Irish novelist Eimear McBride highlights the sweeping impasto, strong brushstrokes and vivid colours that distinguish Scully’s painting.

This catalogue accompanies the art exhibition at the National Gallery, London from 13 April – 11 August 2019.


Daniel F. Herrmann and Colin Wiggins.

Poetry by Kelly Grovier and Vahni Capildeo.

Photo essay by Eimear McBride.

Product Code 1047925
Authors Daniel F. Herrmann, Colin Wiggins
Colour Illustrations 70
Dimensions 30.5 x 24.4 cm
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781857096453
Published April 2019
Publisher National Gallery Company Ltd
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