As Jackson Pollock demonstrated so successfully, a revolutionary change in technique will open new philosophical and visual interpretations of underlying truths and sentiments. These new propositions tend to be both meta-artistic, changing the meaning of art, as well as a challenge to existing moral and social paradigms. Pollock’s influence on Sean Donovan’s work is apparent, not only because Sean wrote about Pollock as an MFA student in Wales, but because Sean attacks a canvas with the same passion, ferocity, and at times, anger. In his “sample” work, influenced by Basquiat, Sean pushes the barriers of content, taunting the viewer to look deeper into meaning. But it is in his “intuitive,” paintings where water based pigment are blended on a horizontal canvas that color begets form and new images emerge, recognizable in the shadows. Precisely because of the accidental properties in his paintings, Sean is an artist who can and will open new aesthetic avenues.
In Sean's Donovan’s paintings that he calls, Liquid Space, he composes a symbolic variation of space-time itself. By applying multiple layers of liquid paint, he builds a unique architecture and meaning that allows imagery and imagined landscapes to slowly evolve through gravitational interaction during the drying process. Seane reacts to subtle nuances as each color layer dries and then observes the next stage of an emerging new reality. Revelation of the final image may take several weeks or even months. In this sense, a painting becomes a time-based dance of liquid paint gradually building into a finished piece. The process is unique in that Seane allows the paint to speak from many perspectives all at once with no preconceived notion, finding its own truth. Seane uses gravity and the flow of paint to establish the tone of each individual work. Of course, the ultimate decision is to know when to stop and when to continue, like Russian roulette, it can be a fatal game of chance. Seane’s work advances the history of perspective in painting from the Byzantine vanishing point of perspective to Picasso to art without subject matter to David Hockney and the how the camera effects perspective on the mind. Seane’s work pushes the boundary of perspective further by demonstrating that many models of perspective may emerge simultaneously.
Sean’s work can be found in collectors portfolios in Europe, the UK and the US.