Sean Scully: Illuminated Manuscripts

Brooklyn Rail - Featured Article - September 4, 2018

“I don’t actually keep a diary but sometimes I write things down on A4, and I sort of faintly hope they survive,” says Sean Scully. “I like to write by hand and I like to accompany it with a drawing. It’s almost like an illuminated manuscript.” Over a nearly fifty-year career, the ritual has accounted for an untold number of illustrated thoughts, many of which have been stored into shoeboxes for safekeeping, though occasionally the custom goes awry. “Some perish of course, because they get left in hotels, or whatever.”


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