seb | @sbstnvns

Artist Statement



      I try to find a balance of lament and hope in my work, which feels the pain of being and the violence of life in difficult times. Imaginative worlds, small measures of humour, and an underlying goodwill to others are what I hope comes through. I am trying to reinforce my belief that all is not lost, but I can’t help but work with tragedy as a theme. I find energy in creating work that addresses the prevailing grief of society in this moment and using painting as a way to deal with it.


     I am grateful for my practice and the privilege it depends on. I enjoy making improvised images, with an enthusiasm for colour and materiality and formal elements including shape, space, movement, rhythm, depth and time. I have a fascination with the gestalt process of balancing and aligning work over time beginning with improvisation and following my instincts until a resolution is found. I embrace the alternative choices in improvising and eschew the need for conventional beauty. Art-making has been a survival mechanism for me, and never a cynical endeavour, and these are the results.


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