About the Artwork

Part of Sean Scully’s Landline series of works, Stack Blues is a sculpture borne out of the artist’s preoccupation with the horizon.  

“I am always looking at the horizon line – at the way the end of the sea touches the beginning of the sky, the way the sky presses down on to the sea… I think of land, sea, sky. And they always make a massive connection. I try to paint this, this sense of the elemental coming-together of land and sea, sky and land, of blocks coming together side by side, stacked in horizon lines endlessly beginning and ending – the way the blocks of the world hug each other and brush up against each other, their weight, their air, their color, and the soft uncertain space between them.”  

– Sean Scully, Landline, 2001

Year: 2017

Courtesy the artist and Blain|Southern Photo: © Nick Turpin


Aluminium and car paint


274.3 x 121.9 x 121.9 cm

Artist Biography

Sean Scully RA

Born in Dublin in 1945, Sean Scully grew up in London and settled in America in the mid-1970s. One of the most admired abstract painters working today, his work draws on the traditions of European painting, invigorated with the distinct character of American abstraction. In a career spanning six decades – and counting – Scully’s varied practice encompasses printmaking, sculpture, watercolours and pastels, but he is best known for rich, monumental abstract paintings in which stripes or blocks of layered colour are a prevailing motif. Scully was elected a Royal Academician in 2013. He has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize twice, in 1989 and in 1993 and his work is held in numerous public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Tate London