Sean O'SheaSean O'Shea
I am a visual artist based in Byron Bay, the most easterly point of Australia. I approach composition with the realization that the painting is a living object, what lies beneath the surface of the painting are of equal importance. The possibilities are unlimited and the first brush stroke is the beginning of an untold story. I am fascinated how colour and tone affects the atmosphere and mood of an image, the unseen rhythms, harmonies and light and the final relationship between painted scene and the viewer. I build up areas of the image by using a series of glazes to achieve vibrancy in colour. I then allow the insights and intuition that I feel to take shape and form enabling the painting to move and come alive, breaking the static. The journey for me is to uncover issues around identity and belonging and to explore figures and textures that landscape the human condition. I aim to convey the depth of the subject matter from palette onto canvas to the viewer.