New Work…

a change of fate

It’s been quite a while since there was any significant news to report, but that’s not to say I haven’t been busy.

Lots of days indoors recently – working on large wood mounted paper pieces in acrylic. This piece was the first, and it’s setting the level for a small series I’m doing on “spiritual kitsch”. Over the turn of the year I’ll have a few pieces on display in Niseko, Hokkaido. More details on time and place very soon.

Above is a teaser from the new series. “A change in fate / 運命の分かれ道 ” 52 x 73 cm, acrylic & ink on mounted paper.

Nothing Sacred…

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

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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今年、9月上旬メルボルンにて個展が決まりました!これから猛スピード&一生懸命作品達を生み出します!Instagramにて完成までのプロセスをUPしていきます。良かったらフォロー宜しくお願いします!Instagram or Twitterアカウント @seanedwhelan

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.

new work…

In between everything else, I’ve managed to get some commissioned work done too. Here is “Twin Guard-dog Guardians of the Universe”. Welcome.

details…

 

I got the scanned data back from the print shop today and they did a fantastic job capturing all the fine details. The image was enormous,  so my trusty old computer choked on it for a while, but I’ve managed to sample a few details for closer inspection. Technical issues aside, the piece is done, and over the last few months I’ve learned a great deal about drawing craft, the limits of my technique and also had (a lot of) time to consider why I’m doing such labour intensive work. Hope you enjoy.

done…


Untitled / Choreography

pencil on paper
110cm x 75cm

 


detail



detail

 

It’s finished! This is the biggest piece I’ve drawn up until this point and probably the most dizzying in terms of detail – if I counted how many buildings and structures and objects that made up the figures it would be close to a thousand at least. It’s literally been sucking my life away for about 3 months, but after 2 weeks of late nights I think it’s more or less done.

In the coming weeks I’ll be heading back to Australia to negotiate some framing and display options with a gallery hopefully. It would much better to see it in person. So I’ll update when I know.

Makoto Aida, a Japanese conceptual artist I like said of one of his enormous, white canvas pieces “It’s just like watering a desert” as he built up mountains of businessmen, office telephones and computers to create giant mountains of ash. He’s still working on that one I think. I’m taking a break.

New…

Afloat
ink, gouache & pencil on paper
20cm x 20cm

 


Detail

New Work…

The Middle (watercolour and pencil on paper, 190mm x 230mm)

Usually I stick with my pencils and work straight onto to paper, but this time I put down a wash of blue and grey to add a bit of depth. I was pretty happy with how it came out so I thought I might share.  It reminded me a bit of the azure wash you often see in those old Japanese ukiyo-e (by Hiroshige), only a bit more washed out.

p.s. If you are interested in buying this one, drop me a line via the email address at the bottom of my contact page.

 

Kagemusha…

Kagemusha. Pencil on watercolour paper. 40cm x 50cm. カゲムシャ. 鉛筆と水彩用の紙で描きました.
Details and a larger image can be found here in the gallery.