Merry Christmas!

Christmas_tree

In the Studio

disorganised thoughts study

I’ve been working on small scale studies recently. Acrylic on paper mounted to board, 210m x 297mm (A4) – the last of the supplies I brought back from Japan. If you’re interested in purchasing one of these pieces get in touch via my info page.

Going on trips

ryokou omamori

Journeys have been on my mind recently, and it reminded me of a trip I took to Kyoto for the first time way back.  At one of the shrines I was encouraged to buy some of the lucky charms (お守り) from the stall in the gardens. There were literally dozens to choose from – charms that helped to earn more money, others that kept you safe on the road etc. I’m not sure if there was one for journeys but this painting – Ryokou Omamori (or is it Tabi Omamori?), is my lucky charm for just such an occasion. I don’t think you’ll find a charm quite like this one there.

 

Acrylic on wood panel, 140mm x 180mm

If you’re interesting in purchasing this piece, get in touch via the info page.

Late nights

ink painting

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

Art Work

From the Vault!

From the vault! This selection of works were made between 2012 and 2013 and I’m making them available for purchase. All are A4, watercolour and pencil on Japanese Muse 300gsm paper. The last of my smaller works made during my 10 years in Japan. All enquiries welcome at info(at)sean-edward.com.au

*Paypal and international shipping available

2015

2015

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

online flier A5

PRESS RELEASE.

HIKARITOKAGE Visit the Facebook event page for more details.

0fr. TOKYO GALLERY
日時/11月21日〜11月30日(土日のみ開催)
時間/午前10時〜午後10時
オープニングナイト/11月21日(金)
午後7時〜10時 場所
(東京都目黒区上目黒1−11−1)

21、22日は、アーティストも会場にいますので 是非、お立ち寄りください!

HIKARITOKAGE

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

Commissions…

vista.jpg

Vista of my mind, 2014
watercolor, pencil & acrylic
paper mounted on board
150 x 52cm

After several studies and 2 months of work, this piece is finally finished and has found it’s new home back in Australia. Working with natural motifs, I discovered more about what can be done with this method of painting. I’ve always been pretty meticulous with the drafting work at the beginning – measuring all the angles and keeping everything in check, like a perspective drawing, but this time I could sketch things out more loosely and try new things with colour -relying more on the light and contrast to make the figures.

2ヶ月の製作期間を経て完成した依頼品、無事オーストラリアに納品しました。今回の依頼品は、自然の物がモチーフ。今までの白黒でジオメトリックな作風とは違い、柔らかくオーガニックな雰囲気で人の形を表現しています。カラーを使いながら描く行程は、とても有意義な時間でした。
 

vista_detail1

vista_detail3

Landscapes…

landscapestudy

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.

Thank You Television

thank you television preview

A little series of works in honor of my favorite irrelevant medium. 39 Art in Studio Zero Myoko starts tomorrow. If you have any queries about the work get in touch. 30% of sales are going to victims of the 3.11 tsunami and radiation evacuees in Fukushima.

好きで無縁な媒体(テレビ)をシリーズにした作品を明日から展示します。販売価格の30%は、福島県南相馬市に寄付されます。

39 ART 展 for 3.11
2014.3/9〜4/2  13:00〜18:00
木金お休み

会場/実験空間 Studio Zero
新潟県妙高市朝日町1-10-1
電話 0255-72-2554
新井駅より徒歩 3分