2021, Eye of the Storm, marble, varnish, ink, oil and synthetic polymer paint on linen, steel frame, 150cm x 110cm x 3cm. Image by Guy Grabowsky.
Kingston Arts Grant recipient, Sean McDowell, presents 'In the day I dream of faraway places' an exhibition of new artworks exploring his deep investment in materials and processes.
'In the day I dream of faraway places' contemplates meditative states of wonder through the construction of abstracted landscapes. Located between representation and abstraction - observation and imagination, the works represent portals to otherworldly environments, communicated through imagery that symbolises scientific elements, geological forces and living organisms.
Combining sculpture, painting and installation, the exhibition looks at themes surrounding psychology, fantasy, display practice and colour theory, as well as both personal and art historical narratives.
Sean McDowell is an early-career artist whose practice investigates a broad network of his interests including display, psychology, archaeology and museology, as well as both personal and art historical narratives. In 2020, he completed his Bachelor of Fine Art (First Class Honours) at The Victorian College of the Arts. Selected solo exhibitions include The Staging of Actions Past, St Francis, Presented by Kleinerfelt and Blackartprojects, Selected Works, Rubicon ARI and Cuprum, Cuprum, Kings Artist Run. Sean has also been included in group exhibitions including Extended Gestures Extended, Five Walls Projects and has been shortlisted for prizes such as The Mary and Lou Senini Student Art Award, McLelland Sculpture Park + Gallery, the Footscray Tertiary Art Prize and the 2019 Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Fellowship at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery. His work is held in private collections throughout Australia, Germany and The Netherlands.