LOCALS – Outré Gallery Melbourne
Super chuffed to be invited along to join a whole bunch of awesome Australian artists for the LOCALS show, opening on Feb 14 at Outré Gallery in Collingwood.
Big shout out to the team there – it’s great to be a part of it, and an awkward self congratulatory slap on the back for me. It’s my first show for 2020.
Here is a little preview of my piece. Hope you can make it along – check out the lineup at their site here.
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.
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.
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And here it is (a teaser anyway). Very happy with the way it’s come out. “Nothing Sacred”, piece number 3 for my solo show later this year. Check back soon for more updates
Things are coming along…
Here is my third piece for my show later this year. I’ve been working with sumi (Japanese ink) to do the base shadows and textures and I’m having a great time with it. Watering it down and working in layers, you can get perfectly smooth gradients or detailed textures with little effort at all. The finish is perfectly smooth too. Having worked almost exclusively with pencil for years now, it’s been great learning something new and taking my work in a new direction with a new medium.
After I finish the base layer in ink, I’ll move onto filling it in with watercolour. I’ve found a bit of the contrast gets lost with certain colours, especially the earthy tones, so coming back with the ink on top of the watercolor is necessary. The effect though, as you can see in the rocks in the bottom is really interesting. Here is one more photo of the last piece I did in progress.
New Work in Progress…
Later this year I’ll be back in Australia for a solo show. In the meantime, I’m pretty busy getting myself and a body of work together. You can watch me on Instagram or Twitter @seanedwhelan
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End of the World…
I will have 2 new drawings in End of the World – Thursday December 6th-30th, at Compound Gallery, Portland Oregon. If you’re close by, be sure to drop in Thursday night for the opening party.
Above: Fractured Buildings, 34cm x 24cm, pencil on paper, 2012.