Robe Blue Blue Durrow, 2018, Sean Scully. Private collection. Photo courtesy of artist.

Robe Blue Blue Durrow, 2018, Sean Scully. Private collection. Photo courtesy of artist.

SEA STAR: SEAN SCULLY 

WHAT? SEA STAR: SEAN SCULLY 

WHERE? National Gallery, Ground Floor Galleries, Getty Entrance, Trafalgar Square  London WC2N 5DN

WHEN? 13th April - 11th August 

WHY GO? To be hypnotised by stripes, checks and vertical lines in bold brash splashes of colour.  Looks easy?  Bet you wish you could have created them, contemporary artist Scully’s seemingly simple abstract artworks have a powerful presence and are scooped up the world over for seven-figure sums, not bad for the ex-Croydon student of art who now lives in New York. 

They are captivating and mesmeric; who wouldn’t want to own one? See for yourself: the exhibition is free.

IN THE KNOW  The renowned Turner is the actual namesake ‘Star’ of the exhibition, his famous painting The Evening Star, hangs alongside Scully’s contemporary exhibition as it inspired his creativity.  Scully is a devotee of Turner’s work, in particular this painting (often considered half finished ) and its subtle reflections of light.  He considers Turner the forerunner of abstract painters that followed. This exhibition explores Scully’s appreciation of the power of painting.