The Director and Board of the Hugh Lane Gallery and Dublin City Council is delighted to announce the generous donation of the painting Landline Gray by the Dublin-born, internationally renowned abstract painter Sean Scully. The artist has a particular affiliation with The Hugh Lane having already given the city collection eight paintings, which are on display in the Sean Scully room in the gallery.
"Sean Scully has always been a very generous supporter of The Hugh Lane. Landline Gray is a tremendous addition to our collection of eight paintings by Sean, which he generously donated to the Hugh Lane in 2006. It significantly adds to the cultural heritage of the city and to the prestige of the Hugh Lane’s collection of contemporary art." – Barbara Dawson, Director, Hugh Lane Gallery
Landline Gray, with its emphasis on the horizontal and its bold bands of colour, shows a departure in Sean Scully’s work. The deep ocean blues overlaid with earthy tones arouse that sensation of isolation experienced when standing alone at the edge of a mighty sea, both melancholy and exhilarating.