Born in Dublin in 1945, Seán Scully was educated in London. He is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York; the National Gallery, Washington; the Tate Gallery, London; the Louisiana, Denmark; the Reina Sofia, Madrid; and in many other collections worldwide.
The Whitechapel Gallery in London held a major retrospective exhibition in 1989, and the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington held a major show that subsequently toured in 1995.
For more than a quarter-century, he has developed and refined his own style of geometric abstraction, based on stripe and checkerboard motifs.
He has been a visiting lecturer and external examiner at the National College of Art, Dublin. He lives in New York, London and Barcelona.