Sean is Principal Lecturer in Fine Art and Course Leader for BA Hons Fine Art.
Sean has two two lines of research interest :
- An investigation into the history of Nuclear Technology 1945 to 1963 through painting: an archaeology of nuclear control room display systems using painting as a methodology to reveal a tacit technological aesthetic.
- Compare and contrast the parallel modernisms of painting and nuclear technology to explore the clandestine utopian visions within both in particular to contrast linear narratives of time and progress in art and science referencing Philip K. Dick and other science fiction.
Sean makes paintings from photographic images that explore ideas of 'Future Nostalgia' from the early 1960's. Using images, of the then cutting edge technology, such as a Nuclear Reactor control room from 1963, Sean performs pre-set operations to make paintings that reference the utopian aspirations of the day.
Deploying strategies of flatness through grids, Sean digs and explores these historical images as an archaeological process.
In Philip K. Dick’s novel 'Counter-clock world' (1967) the earth has entered the 'Hobart Phase–an enormous sidereal shift in which time moves backwards'. Sean likes to think of his practice within this fictional world and how it relates to a kind of reverse modernist practice that exposes the idealism of that time to our present dystopian gaze. Sean is engaged by both the promise and collapse of utopian modernism. There is a parallel between the aesthetics used in the control room display systems and in the painterly devices of modernism.
- 2019 A CONTROL ROOM ROMANCE, Blyth Gallery, South Kensington, London
- 2018 WHERE NONE EXISTS, The Attic, Nottingham
- 2014 THE POTATO EATERS DISCOVER COLD FUSION, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham (solo exhibition)
- 2012 THORESBY THURSDAY, One Thoresby, Nottingham (2 person)
- 2019 DARK CONTROL, The Meter Gallery at Manchester Contemporary art fair.
- 2017 FULLY AWAKE, House for an Artist, Glasgow
- 2017 NINE PAINTERS, Syson Gallery, Nottingham
- 2017 ‘w: double u’ TAC, Eindhoven, Netherlands
- 2016 PARAVENT, Harley Gallery, Notts
- 2015 STUDIO, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA
- 2014 NO FUN II, The Attic, Nottingham
- 2014 NO FUN, Enclave, Deptford, London2014 NO FUN, Enclave, London (Group Exhibition)
Sponsors and collaborators
- Contemporary Art Society
- English Heritage
- Cell Projects