Sean Thomas est diplômé du Delaware College of Art and Design (illustration) à Wilmington, Delaware en 2001 et continua sa formation à Providence, Rhode Island. Il est aussi diplômé par la suite du Rhode Island School of Design (illustration) en 2004. Pour sa dernière année au RISD, Sean Thomas est sélectionné pour l' European Honors Program qui lui permet d'être confronté à la culture artistique Italienne et ses grands maîtres à Rome pendant 9 mois. L’artiste vit et travaille maintenant à Providence (U.S), expose dans de nombreuses galeries aux Etats-Unis et à la Galerie ArtFloor pour sa promotion à l’étranger.
Artist Statement (En anglais)
Elements of the modern landscape have evolved into a sort of paradox. Industry has developed to sustain our lifestyles of necessity, comfort and convenience yet the actual means by which our goods and services are provided often become a sort of background noise or even an intrusive nuisance/eyesore. I revel in such feats of engineering- looking at architecture and the modern industrialized landscape with interest and wonder. My work represents those objects as man-made “fingerprints” integrated into the natural environment with varying degrees of harmony and tension.
Working with traditional materials and techniques (oil, watercolor, drawing) layers are created to evoke emotion, atmosphere, decay, etc. Careful consideration to find the cast of characters for each piece is usually the first step as the places I choose to paint can be quite busy and cluttered. The placement of objects in the space is a priority and I will often treat a source photo as a still-life. Through extensive editing, which often involves reorganization and simplification of subject matter to suit a desired aesthetic, my compositions take shape. Some objects become monumental structures shrouded in soot and isolated while others may mesh and mingle with one another.
My goal is to make images which trigger
something within the viewer- perhaps a memory of a time or place which may or may not
have anything to do with the subject matter they are looking at. The work must speak to
the viewer and it will communicate with each in a different voice, maybe it whispers, maybe
Sean Thomas - 2012