Winding down 2017… Welcoming 2018
A huge thanks to everybody out there for all the support over 2017. Lots of challenges over the course of this year, but your energy and encouragement have kept pushing me along – so that’s a big gushy thanks from me to you!
With everything winding down now, it’s also about time I shared a bit about next year’s plans.
2018 will be a year of change, and I’m really excited to announce that in Feb I’ll be having my first solo show of paintings in quite a while. If you’ve been following my instagram (@seanedwhelan) there’s been plenty of shots of sketches and work in progress over the course of some 2 years. If you haven’t, you now know exactly where to get a preview of what to expect. If you’re in Melbourne for the opening on the 8th, it’d be great to see you there, but in the meantime, visit Blackartprojects.com.au for more details.
Once that is all done and dusted, there will be some much overdue online spring cleaning. New site? I think so.
There will also be new illustration work with Dormilona, my friends over on the west coast of Oz, who consistently kick bottoms with their amazing wines, and an illustrated cover feature with a New York wine mag. So look out for all these updates in the first quarter.
Finally, hope you all have a great new year, happy holidays and I’ll see you in 2018.
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 60cm
(From upcoming solo exhibition: In the Spirit of the Age)
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!
F(L)ight Exhibition in Bristol
If you haven’t already seen my facebook or instagram posts in the last week or so, I was invited to join artist and curator Paul Roberts’ self initiated project F(L)ight – opening this Friday at Hamilton House in Bristol, UK.
It’s a real pleasure to be asked to attend the group show, which has brought together a huge line up of over 140 artists; not only because it’s great to be part of the international creative community, but because sales from our artworks will be going towards two very worthwhile charities that promote peace and support those directly affected by war. The Veterans for Peace, and War Child. If you are in the U.K. even better, close to Bristol this weekend, it would be great if you could throw your support behind Paul and this great project.
(Pictured above is my piece for the show)
New Commissioned Artwork for Dormilona Wines
Over the last few years I have been working closely with Dormilona Wines in WA. They create some really great wine the old fashioned way – with hard work and no shortcuts. They flipped it up a notch this year with the Clayface series, (which I posted about in January), but I’ve also been commissioned to create art for their latest Cab and Chardonnay – coming soon! It’s great working with these guys – so into those little details that make things sing. See the new art work above.
Working on a big old ink painting. Not sure how this one will turn out. It’s been about a year since I worked with ink on paper and I’m a bit rusty. It’s great for grads though
2014 was a funny year. In late December I left Japan and came back to Australia – the last month of my decade abroad punctuated with a month of intense activity including 2 small private exhibitions, several last minute projects, farewell parties and the insanity of moving house internationally.
But, with all the work required to make the huge move back to Australia last year, I didn’t have nearly as much time as I would have liked for solid art practice.
That said, 2015 is shaping up to be very different already. In the next month, I’ll be back in the studio working on new stuff and there’s an interesting project with a toy maker in Japan on the boil – but more on that soon!
HIKARITOKAGE Visit the Facebook event page for more details.
0fr. TOKYO GALLERY
A group show with collaborative work by artists Iro Kitamura and Sean Edward Whelan.
Opposing forces are present in everything. The shadow cast behind the vase is in equal measure, the result of the light that hits its surface. When opposing forces work in tandem, we can see a contrast and appreciate the forms that materialize. Similarly, approaching from opposite ends of the art spectrum, Iro and Whelan are meeting in the middle. By finding ways to compliment and communicate with each other through their very different visual languages, they aim to discover new forms.
Iro’s work comes from an expressive, emotional response to personal experiences and musings on street and traditional culture, music and nature. Using found materials, paper, canvas and wood panels, the textures of the paint are fluid and allowed to play across their surfaces. By harnessing the properties of the paint, he recreates and celebrates energy and life in his layered abstractions.
Whelan’s work is figurative and draws from extensive observations. Remodeling traditional and religious paraphernalia and rendering them with bright gaudy palettes, he creates part melancholic, part ironic narratives and asks questions about steadfast traditions and art in a disposable age. In contrast to Iro, and in keeping with his themes, his control over the paint and the surface is practiced and deliberate, with a meticulous attention to detail.
0fr. TOKYO GALLERY
Opening Night: Friday Nov.21st 7pm – 10pm.
Exhibition: Nov.21st – 30th.
Gallery Hours: 10am – 10pm (Sat. & Sun. only)
Tokyo, Meguro-Ku, Kami-Meguro 1-11-1
I recently started working on a commission and have been going through a few concepts. It’s been a while since I used natural motifs in my artwork – and it’s been nice to get outside and explore the leafy areas around the river and the mossy woods nearby. Here is an early study on paper with watercolor and pencil. The final piece will be a horizontal diptych, about 150cm wide by 50 high, and probably the biggest I’ll have done yet.