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

Midnight Vignette – 19Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast

Two intertwined figures dressed in colourful costumes on a black background.

Midnight Vignette

Opening Reception
Saturday, October 14th, 5pm-7pm

19 Karen Contemporary Artspace
Gold Coast

I’m very proud to announce that I will be exhibiting new works alongside international and Australian artists as part of a series of mini-solo shows with 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace.

For more information on the works, enquiries or a catalogue, please contact the gallery at [email protected] or visit their website.


The Party. 2023
Acrylic on canvas

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.

2023 Dormilona Limited Edition Print

If you don’t follow my Instagram profile for my illustration work, every year for the last 10 years (whoah) I have been working closely with a fantastic independent wine maker in Margaret River, WA called Dormilona.

They take a minimal intervention approach to their process and make some delicious wines, all of which I’ve tried. It’s always fun to working with them on new labels, and over the years we’ve stacked up quite a fair bit of artwork together!

To celebrate this milestone, I’ll be making a print edition of the label, too.

Available from Dormilona, this edition of 50 giclee prints is:

  • A4 (210x297mm) in size
  • Printed on a premium 310gsm, 100% cotton textured rag paper
  • Signed, numbered, slipped into a backed clear pouch and sealed with a juicy wine kiss


Or if you just want the wine – grab a bottle of the latest vintage from their online store.

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.