The All Story
Incantation of the Banksia Men
Synthetic polymer and gouache on board
40 x 40cm
It’s been great to be part of the inaugural group exhibition at the new gallery and bookstore, The All Story , Newcastle NSW this month.
From the site – Southerns is an exhibition that draws our mythic past into our present day. Over 30 local and international artists have been invited to reimagine a fictional Australian character or story. While some artists celebrate the cultural impact of films such as Picnic at Hanging Rock and television shows such as Round The Twist, others reflect on changing social views with modern readings of the work of May Gibbs and other canonised authors.This show aims to entertain, provoke, and provide new ways of seeing your old favourites: from film and literature to urban legends.
My piece, Incantation of the Banksia Men is based on the antagonists from the May Gibbs classic mentioned above, and diverges from the descriptions and illustrations in the book. I took my inspiration from the very first of May Gibb’s books, which is considered a classic. What I found interesting about the infamous Banksia Men in the story was the way they were described as inherently evil. Framed as scheming kidnappers, their motives where never revealed, and I thought this was something that needed to be investigated in my painting.
New Work – Morrigan
Synthetic polymer on canvas
100 x 70cm
Here is a piece I was commissioned to paint last year for a family’s first born baby girl.
I could have cracked out the watercolours and done a weird baby portrait, but that would have a been a bit shit.
Instead, I tried my hand at a shaped canvas and imagined her as the ‘phantom queen’ Morrigan – the Goddess of war, destiny, fate and death from old Irish mythology. Yes, much better.
Hope she grows up to be just as awesome.
Diemen Awards 2018
The opportunity to put a couple of my illustrations into Tasmania’s creative industry event – The Diemen Awards came up and I’m really pleased to announce that I made the finalists this year. It was great to catch up with some people I hadn’t seen in ages and mingle a bit with the greater creative community here in Hobart. So much talent out there working on big projects. Getting the recognition at this level was really cool too, and it’s lit a fire under my ass/arse/bottom to work a lot harder in 2019. See you next year Diemen!
Synthetic polymer on canvas
100 x 70cm
Some new things are in the works and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you soon.
So heads down for a bit. In the meantime, here’s the first painting.
For the last month of so I’ve been busy working away on some sculpture. This is my latest – The Trickster. I was inspired to make it after seeing Belgian sculptor Guillaume Geef’s Le génie du mal. My version mashes up a popular Tasmanian tourism icon with Geef’s Lucifer, and is modelled after the popular trickster in Japanese mythology the tanuki.
For more pics, stop by my instagram
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.
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.
London SketchBook Festival 2017
As well as the featured artists, there’ll be heaps of chances to join sketchbook workshops and meet up with designers and illustrators too, all based around drawing, architecture and moving image. For more info on this year’s event, check their site.
Sept 21 – 30. 2017.
MiniComic.club Project Updates
After about a month of late nights – I’ve finally got the comic off to the printers for this year’s MiniComic.club.
Hungry Workshop in Melbourne are handling the production, and I’m looking forward to how it shapes up.
Printing starts really soon and right after that will be in the hands of everyone that subscribed this year. It’s been fun, but damn hard work putting it together – I’ve learned a heap about everything that goes into producing them and have a new appreciation – hats off to all the writers, pencilers, inkers and colourists out there. Truly amazing art form.
Later on this year, in September, I’ll be releasing a comic with MiniComic Club – an annual project that’s been running since 2013, and last year, I got the call to submit for 2017’s edition. To give you a bit of a background on it, here are words from the website.
“…bringing you and your mailbox a years worth of minicomics and zines from some of Australia’s most interesting cartoonists and comics-makers…. 12 comics over 12 months, one each from these beautiful people…“
Beautiful people artists and a new comic book every month. Nice! And all it takes is a little subscription fee and they come to your door in miniature format – A6 size to be precise.
From year to year the line-up has consisted of well established and emerging comic artists, and occasionally artists from other fields – and that’s where I fit in this year. So once I have the show I have been planning for years finally done, I’ll be working on a comic – which is pretty neat.
And if you want to learn more you can go here, where I have a short interview about my experience with the comic medium, on medium.
(There are also interviews with other comic artists from past and present MiniComic Club projects to check out.)
If you are even more interested, you could also visit the MiniComic.Club page and get yourself a subscription for $38 AU. Very nice!