Sean Mahan – A Trail of Breadcrumbs April 27 2019
Outré Gallery Melbourne CBD
19 October – 4 November 2018
Sean Mahan is a social realist figurative painter who works with graphite and acrylic washes on wood to depict a sense of wonder about the innate warmth of the human character and its conflict with structures of power and control.
"This new series of paintings explores the ambiguity of human nature, following a ‘trail of breadcrumbs.’ We seem to be always in between, we are being and becoming. We are always on our way towards a vanishing horizon, both constrained and constructed by our past experience and yet free to flower in infinite directions. We’re both endowed with the gifts of millions of years of natural selection and seemingly free to reason against them. We are the ‘rational animal’ , a unique subject amidst a universe of objects. Like the songbird, a repeating symbol in the paintings, we exist in between. We can both follow a ‘trail of breadcrumbs’ towards something sweet within us and towards something sweet that we create ahead of us."
Sean's exhibition A Trail of Breadcrumbs was shown in tandem with Andy Kehoe's exhibition The Witching Hour.
Read our interview with Sean to learn more about his art practice.