For the last month of so I’ve been busily working away on some sculpture. This is my latest effort – The Trickster. A 30cm painted clay effigy that I was inspired to make after stumbling across Belgian sculptor Guillaume Geef’s Le génie du mal online. My version mashes up a popular Tasmanian tourism icon with Geef’s take on the fallen angel, Lucifer, and is modelled after the popular trickster in Japanese mythology the tanuki, which I would often see welcoming custom at the entrance to restaurants, shopping malls and tourist destinations.
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Prosthetic Reality at UniSA
A little while back I was invited to join a group of international artists on a special little project called Prosthetic Reality. It’s an AR book that uses an app called Eyejack to bring the artworks on each page to life with animation and sound.
It’s now on display for the next few months at the University of South Australia MOD, so if you’re in the state drop in and see this and more exhibits that explore the intersection between art and science.
Australia’s number one craft beer bottle shop, Mane Liquor, asked whether I’d be keen to do a poster illustration for their upcoming party in the carpark, and having a soft spot – especially around the mid-section for craft beer (cue moan), I said yes.
The brief was really open and I had free reign to come up with something that suited the beer and wine ethos that the team are so passionate about. So a temple for beer popped in my head and out popped this illustration. Two versions – black and white and watercolour.
These will make their appearance on posters and fliers for the store’s annual party in the carpark this June 8-9. So get yourself to Mane Liquor and check out the beers and wines they’ll have on offer there – including something a little special from Dormilona. Stay tuned!
The newest labels for Dormilona wines are in the wild, and it’s been great to work with Jo on these again.
The long label for the standard vintage continues the narrative (below), this time on top of some Himalayan like mountains, where the skeleton guy is contemplating Douglas Harding’s On Having No Head. And the latest Clayface range (above) has a new piece too – mixing in fruity flavours with coastal Western Australia. Wine X Life Aquatic – just without the Portuguese versions of some of my favourite Bowie songs.
I’ve been branching out – And I think everyone else is on the hunt, too.
I know Ello has been around for a while, and I had an account but just let it slide for about a year. Anyway, I’m giving it another shot, and in kind, the very nice chaps at Ello have featured me on their homepage as one of their new artists. If you follow me on Instagram already, there may not be anything new to see (as yet), but I’ll be posting just completed work over there to see how it all goes. If you feel like taking it for a test drive visit www.ello.co, and you can link up with me at my account. They are 100% behind the arts community and transparent on how your personal and private data is used (i.e. it aint sold off) which good too. If you were worried. Or cared.
In the Spirit of The Age, 8 Feb 2018
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 60cm
SEAN EDWARD WHELAN
IN THE SPIRIT OF THE AGE
Big thanks to all those that could make it out to the opening and saw the work over the course of the show. Big warm fuzzy feels. Special thanks to Blackartprojects for their logistical expertise, Neospace for their hospitality and Dormilona for their awesome wines, that almost stole the show.
Check in with www.blackartprojects.com.au for work availability.