Sean Scully was born in Dublin, Ireland, but he was raised in South London. He has been living and working in the United States since 1975 and has been an American citizen since 1983. Scully currently lives in New York, Barcelona and London. Sean Scully is known for his paintings of bold, opposing stripes, grids and checkerboard patterns. His palette is earthy and rich in browns, blacks and ochres. The inspiration for the striped motif he uses was from a trip he took to Morocco in 1970. For him, the striped Moroccan fabrics dyed in deep red and indigo were stunning visually.