LOCALS 2024 – Outré Gallery, Melbourne

Yes! I’ve been invited to join over 80 Australia based artists at Outré Gallery’s LOCALS group exhibition, coming back for 2024.

If you are in Melbourne, don’t miss the opening on 23 February. So much talent and amazing work. Get a sneak peek on Outré Gallery’s Instagram or visit their website, subscribe to their newsletter to get that pre-opening catalogue as soon as it’s released.

A closeup photograph of an acrylic painting by Sean Edward Whelan

Here is a little preview of my piece for you to check out and a work-in-process vid – full post on my Instagram, in good time ? Hope you can make it along!

Car no. 1
Acylic on woodpanel
20 x 20cm

Upcoming show – October 2023

A multicoloured painting on canvas of biker with a horse crested helmet, sitting on a squishy bike.

Rendezvous. 2023
Acrylic on canvas

Coming up in October this year – Midnight Vignette.
A mini-exhibition of new paintings with 19Karen Gallery on the Gold Coast, Australia.

More details to come! For all enquiries please visit the gallery website.

Coast – Summer Group Show

Animal Kingdom. Sean Whelan. Acrylic on wooden board. 2023

Animal Kingdom. 2023
Acrylic on wooden panel

I was chuffed to be invited along to join the international group show organised by Stupid Krap at Mint Art House this year, on the Gold Coast in Queensland. This is the first time I’ve exhibited with StupidKrap, and they pulled together a stellar line-up with some incredible pieces from some artists I follow, and others I’ve just discovered.

The entire collection from the Coast show has been added to their site, so check it out!

LOCALS 2023 – Outré Gallery Melbourne

Wrestlers 1. Sean Whelan. Acrylic on wooden board. 2023
Wrestlers I – 2023
Acrylic on wooden board
28x35cm. Framed

I was invited to join the annual LOCALS show at Outré Gallery, in Melbourne again this year. It was a big one, with over 80 artists showing work, and a huge turnout for the opening, with people spilling out into the street – it was great to be there for the buzz. Here are the pieces I put in the show. Both are acrylic on wooden board. Which I’ve been enjoying working on for the smooth finish I can get.

These are available and any enquiries can be directed to Outré Gallery directly.

Wrestlers 2. Sean Whelan. Acrylic on wooden board. 2023
Wrestlers II – 2023
Acrylic on wooden board
28x35cm. Framed

Antipodes 2023 – Beinart Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

A painting of a man on a horse chased by wolves in acrylic paint on wooden board by Sean Edward Whelan 2023

Horse – 2023
Acrylic on wooden panel

This year I was very lucky to be invited along to join Beinart’s 4th annual exhibition of Australian contemporary artists, Antipodes.

The open show brings together artist working across a variety of traditional and non-traditional, sculpture and mixed media. It’s humbling to be alongside some incredible talent.

For more information, visit the Beinart Gallery website, or if you are in Brunswick, Melbourne, drop in and see the exhibition for yourself.

Antipodes opens 15 January 2023 and runs through to the 29th.

A painting of a man holding hounds in acrylic paint on wooden board by Sean Edward Whelan 2023

Hounds – 2023
Acrylic on wooden panel

Unnatural Histories XI – Antler Gallery, Portland Oregon

thylacine artwork painted in acrylic paint on wooden panel by Sean Edward Whelan

Coming up very soon, I’ll be exhibiting a new piece at Antler Gallery (Portland, Oregon) for the annual invitational show – UNNATURAL HISTORIES XI, which digs deep into mythology, cryptozoology and natural history drawing. Really looking forward to seeing how each artist interprets the theme, and it’s great to have a piece included.

For more info on the show, check out @antlerpdx on Instagram or visit their website.

Thylacine – 2023
Acrylic on wooden panel

Opening Thursday, 29th September 2022

Vanguard – Outré Gallery Melbourne

Coming up this September, I’ll be exhibiting a new piece in Outré Gallery’s invitational show – VANGUARD – featuring contemporary artists from across the world.

Without getting too gushy, it’s a bit deal to be alongside artists I’ve been following for many years, so I’ll be heading over to Melbourne to see these artworks in person. If you are in the city on September 9, I might catch up with you there.

Join Outré Gallery’s mailing list to get your hands on the catalogue and see the artist line up before the show, and for more information visit their website.

A preview of my piece – The Cave – below.

The Cave - Sean Edward Whelan - For the Outre GAllery group show - Vanguard

LOCALS 2022 – Outré Gallery Melbourne

Very excited to start 2022 off on the right foot, with an invitation to join over 80 Australian artists at Outré Gallery’s annual LOCALS group exhibition. If you are in Melbourne, February 25 to 21 March, don’t miss the chance to visit the Smith Street gallery and check it out.

With a bit of luck, I’ll be leaving fortress Tasmania for a visit too, and be there for the opening. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Here is a little preview of my piece. Hope you can make it along – and be sure to keep an eye on Outré Gallery’s website for more information on the artist lineup and opening.

Happy 2022!

Happy New Year! To everyone who supported me, helped me hold shows, has a piece of my work in their home, has commissioned me for illustration projects or followed me over the course of 2021. It was a big year, and I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you very much! ❤️?

Wishing you a happy new year and all the best in 2022!

Though I’ve lapsed from the habit of sending New Years cards (年賀状 – Nengajou) to friends and family over the last couple of years – it used to be a yearly challenge to come up with a new design, usually following the 12 year calendar (干支 – Eto) – this year felt like a good time pick it up again and at least do the creative part. 2022 being the year of the tiger was a big motivation too.


This One’s for You – August 13 – 15, 2021


A good year ago, a friend in the UK, Paul (Paulmonsters) reached out with an offer to be involved in something very special born out of a personal tragedy. The charity exhibition, dedicated to the memory of his father, struck a chord with me, and I gladly took up the opportunity to be involved.

This piece was my submission to ‘This one’s for you’. And if purchased, all proceeds will be donated to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham’s renal transplant ward – where Paul’s dad received his treatment – helping others in need of kidney transplants and care.  

So if you’re in Birmingham, and can get to the Melting Pot, come by and support the show and this important cause.

More details on the Facebook event page, or on Instagram


Sean Edward Whelan's piece for the This ONe's For You exhibition, held in Birmingham at Melting Pot, this August 13-15 2021