When we look at this work of Sean Scully we see a work of art with horizontal and vertical stripes. Some are smaller than others, some are darker than others. For Scully, his paintings are metaphors of life: ‘My work is based on structures that I believe express human nature.’ Scully identifies specific themes in his work including power, survival, competition, the tyranny of perfection, staircases and ladders, masculinity and femininity (*). Scully’s painting may not look like what he paints, but his work do refer to real things in the world and to experiences of the world. So his art is about life as much as it is about art and it’s place in art history (Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism).