Sean's Paper-Free Drawing Blog.

“Grand Pale Maw” Finished

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on November 2, 2011
Grand Pale Maw

Mural with 4ft ladder

Ok, so maybe “finished” is too strong of a word so let’s put it this way; I am no longer going to continue work on it.   The good folks at LACE were very patient with me  as I have exceeded the generous 3 month timeline  by 4 months. (Whoops)  Alas, I feel I may have overstayed my residency and maybe it’s time to throw in the towel.  I am Happy with how it turned out.  Looking forward to a similar project in the future.  Anyone have a big wall???

I had grandiose plans for documenting its different phases of completion, unfortunately the didn’t pan out.  Check out some pictures Joey Morris Took of me working while it was 99% done.

Progress Report; Grand Pale Maw @ LACE

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on March 11, 2011

Swift progress is being made on my mural project at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. This marks day five of work.  I’ve started mostly referencing  an image April took up in Kern county last month;  a huge fallen oak tree by the side of the road.  Right now that gnarly knot of  fissures and rot, it’s actually looking quite fleshy, and maybe even a little threatening there under the stairwell.  At any rate – I feel very vulnerable working at that scale and with these materials I’ve never used.

It’s invigorating working at LACE. There is a wonderful mix of both artists and folks who just pop in off the street to see what’s going on.

If you are in the area I urge you to drop by and come say hi.

Art School Out-Takes

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on February 17, 2011

Doing some hard-drive cleaning, I happened across some old work that I had to strain from permanently erasing from the face of the earth.  These stinkers are by now in a landfill, or in a friends bathroom or something. Fortunately, These cellphone camera captures are all that remains of the actual work.  They are all terrible, some more cringe-inducing than others,  I don’t know how long this post will stay up to be completely honest.  Most were made during the 3 years I was in school at UCI, some a bit before then. Enjoy!

“Earth and Sky” Public art Installation @ LAX Airport

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on February 17, 2011

This Friday I’ll be Vancouver bound, appropriating the extended weekend for a short visit with friend and fellow painter Etienne Zack and his wife and newborn baby. This is the plan: We [April and me] will walk 1 mile with our luggage to union station, catch the 7:00am train to Los Angeles International Airport disembark somewhere near Terminal 6 and, pending clearances from the new TSA Porn-Scan operator and  from the gate agent who will hopefully trade my standby seat request for an actual boarding pass,  get on flight 2404 service to Salt Lake City Utah in hopes of making a tight connection to Vancouver B.C. Unfortunately not in the itinerary  is a visit to the adjacent Southwest terminal.  Mara Lonner included me in a public installation there, which I have yet to see, but am told is very charming.  February 24th The 7 artists myself included will be chaperoned into the the Departures Level Hallway to Gate 2 where we will all give a talk to airport employees about the exhibition.  It will be up through April 17th, so check it out if you are going somewhere out of Gate 1.  Here is a caption from the Airport Website:

(Los Angeles, California – January 18, 2011)  Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs presents an integrated group exhibit and installation, featuring twenty artworks by six artists arranged on top of a 110- foot long mural created by Los Angeles curator and artist, Mara Lonner.  Earth and Sky, a site-specific installation is on exhibit at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Terminal 1 on the Departures Level Hallway to Gate 2.  The free exhibit is on display for ticketed passengers through April 17, 2011.

Moving beyond the traditional gallery platform, Lonner arranges artworks along a mural backdrop composed of abstract blue and brown shapes to frame and connect the art to the environment, engaging the viewer in a feeling of being present inside a connected pathway from each point in the walkway to the next.  Passengers journey through the space which is arranged with artworks in needlepoint, watercolor, poetry, mixed-media collage, and ink drawings.

Earth & Sky brings a range of disciplines to the point of meeting while retaining focus of their unique qualities.  The tiny lines of Sean Sullivan’s ink drawings of trees, are placed adjacent but distinct from Jennifer Bain’s mixed-media collages depicting birds perched on a variety of textured flowers.

The exhibit is open to viewers who appreciate both representational and non-representational art and explores ideas of form and environment.  As both artist and curator, Lonner’s approach examines how the artists use a two-dimensional picture plane to create the three dimensions of sculptural or environmental space as part of their art.   Artists included in this exhibit are Jennifer Bain, Jeff Beall, Julie Burleigh, Marcus Civin, Lynn Hanson, Mara Lonner and Sean Sullivan.

Tree’s? I didn’t draw any tree’s…  That’s Mulch and garden clippings people! Maybe these works are a bit more abject then I thought, and maybe why an installer here thought to hang one of the 5 drawings up-side-down.

This is my first public art project with the Los Angeles Municipal art Gallery.  I actually received a couple emails from people waiting for a flight, giving kind words/feedback.   A great compliment considering the context.

“First as Tragedy then as Farse” RSA Animates

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on February 11, 2011

Not that this needs any additional attention, but RSA animate did a great piece from a sound byte by Slovoj Zizek. I read In Defense of Lost Causes 3 years ago, and I still think about it quite a bit. This is so well choreographed, it seems to communicate new dimensions to his already multi-dimensional Wagnarian delivery.

“Regarding the Built Environment” drawing workshop @ Norton Simon Museum of Art

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on February 8, 2011

The past 4 weeks I have been hosting an adult drawing workshop at the Norton Simon. It’s loosely focused on the built environment from early baroque to the romantics in Europe.  It’s been a very casual and relaxing affair so far. We’re mostly doing master copies, something I haven’t done in a long time, but nevertheless enjoying immensely.   I’ve also met a bunch of great artists during my brief tenure. Sadly, this  Friday will be the last class.  The good news is there is still a few spots available, and  if you  want to brush up on your drawing skills you can  register  online at the museums website.  The class is called “Architecture of Light” Here is the course description:

Regarding the Built Environment
Join artist Sean Sullivan in examining the history and evolution behind some of the world’s most important architectural landscape paintings. Learn the fundamental methods used by the Old Masters for creating illusory space and getting drawings to tell a story in this four-part drawing course.

The Architecture of Light
In this fourth and final class, participants are introduced to the all-important role of light in shaping both the artificial and the natural worlds of French painting, then gain an understanding of how light affects “mood” by dissecting and emulating works by Corot, Rousseau, Courbet and Vuillard.

Hey Reddit, Thanks!

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on February 7, 2011


I entered a drawing into a post for a header contest.  Well I ended up winning and it’s displayed through March.  Check it out!!!

A.S.A.P. Free Drawing Class At L.A.C.E.

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on February 6, 2011

Superbowl is Tomorrow, and were better to spend this particular Sunday but Hollywood. Generally speaking, no one really cares about Football  in this city, (L.A. has no professional team to speak of) and if you’re a person not getting hopelessly drunk on cheap American beer and not eating copious amounts of 7-layer Nacho dip, come join me for a day of drawing.  I’ll be there from 1 -4pm if you don’t want to draw, that’s cool too. Just say hi to me and Michael and Alison. Maybe just update us on what’s going on with the Doritos commercials at halftime and who’s boob fell out and so forth.

Details from A.S.A.P:

“LACE is located in the heart of Hollywood, an ideal place to observe and contemplate the collision of Los Angeles — its intricate networks hum with activity as resources are transferred and spaces are reconstructed through use or development. ASAP’s 2011 Re-Visions of LA drawing workshops will build conversations around how our urban environments are constructed and what that means to our every day lives.

Each month a new group of artists will spend an afternoon at LACE providing free drawing classes.  All levels and ages are welcome as we talk about Hollywood while drawing our surroundings.

All workshops are free, and all materials will be supplied.”

L.A.C.E. Mural

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on February 6, 2011

Well looks like it’s official.

Starting end of this month I’ll be adorning the rear corridor of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions with a giant sharpie drawing.  It’s going to be up for 9 months ( March 03 – September 09 2011), and I’ve devoted 5 of those months at regular 20 hr/ week intervals for working on it.  This wall is HUGE! We’re talking 15′ h x 32′ w huge.  I am excited and a bit nervous.  I’ve never attempted a drawing at this scale.  Since this is a long-term residency  I’ll do my best to post regular updates on my progress.

Watch Your Step

Posted in Uncategorized by seansullivanstudio on February 4, 2011

A preview of some new work for 2011.  Last year was a bit slow in the studio,  only completing about 7 drawings. That’s going to change for 2011, #bigplans!

Sorry for the crude pictures. @April Friges was out and could not offer me her expert supervision.  Check out or cat pencils giving me a thoughtful critique after the jump!

Cheers!

Sean

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