Sean Sullivan

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Sean Sullivan approaches drawing and printmaking as a recording process akin to and inspired by early American photography and musical recordings. These early recordings allow one to not only experience the intention of the makers, what they thought and how they felt, but also the errant details of the atmospheric conditions in which they were made. Those marks beyond their control. Together, the limitation of technology and the weight of time produce artifacts of otherworldly tone and mystery. The process he employs attempts to invite similar unknowns. The drawings are relatively simple in structure and execution. They are made quickly with a ballpoint pen, a ruler, and a homemade version of large scale carbon paper (oil paint applied to paper). The result is a primitive transfer process that ‘records’ in oil paint, not only the intended lines of the drawing, the ideas themselves, but just as importantly, the unpredictable marks of chance.

Sean Sullivan has shown throughout the Northeast; he will be featured in a show in May, 2017 at 57w57arts in New York. Sean Sullivan lives with his family in Saugerties, New York.

  • Pills, Prayer, Water (2016)

    oil on found paper, 15 x 11 inches

  • Cathedral Window, Saudade Station (2017)

    oil on found paper, 11 x 15 inches

    sold

  • Open City (Fever) (2017)

    oil on found paper, 15 x 11 inches

  • Amoeba (2016)

    oil on found paper, 36 × 46 inches

  • Family Ties (2016)

    oil on found paper, 7.5 × 11 inches

  • Tile, Saudade Station (2016)

    oil on found paper, 15 × 11 inches

  • Flower Seller, Saudade Station (2016)

    oil on found paper, 15 × 11 inches

  • Ballot Box (Blue) (2016)

    oil on found paper, 11 × 8.5 inches

  • Parrish (Red) (2016)

    oil on found paper, 7 × 8.5 inches

  • A Field, Stars Above (Night & Day) (2017)

    oil on found paper, 17 × 12 inches

  • Saudade Station (2017)

    oil on found paper, 15 × 11 inches

  • Charms (for Travel) (2016)

    oil on found paper, 13 × 9.5 inches

  • Flag (2016)

    oil on found paper, 15 × 11 inches

  • Rush, Rush, Rush Hour, Saudade Station (2017)

    oil on found paper, 11 × 15 inches

  • Folktales (2016)

    oil on found paper, 11 × 15 inches

  • Monuments to What (2017)

    oil on found paper, 8 × 11 inches

  • Border Town No.2 (2017)

    oil on found paper, 13 × 19 inches