Sean Davey Series No. 4, PIPE

Sean Davey Series No. 4, PIPE

 

 My paintings reflect my passion for life and a desire to tell stories with images from my personal experiences around the world. In my earlier work, brush painting and airbrush were used for various realistic effects in my paintings. Barbados has been another powerful influence on my work where the abstract repetition of little marks on canvas brings out my interpretations of reality and the peaceful life there. These marks often have multiple layers of colors to interpret the light on the objects in my paintings.

My Post Aboriginal Art style began when my wife and I sailed the Grenadine Islands from St. Vincent to Bequia, Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Union Island, Mustique and other sites of the Grenadines. These tranquil islands with their Caribbean blue colors became another series of paintings entitled, The Grenadines Series. This series was at first realistic, but later transformed into my Post Aboriginal Modernist style. 

This transformation from realism to Post Aboriginal Modernism came after spending nearly a month in Australia visiting a variety of Aboriginal tribes to study their art making methods and types of visual language. Through the study of Aboriginal culture and the making and playing of Yidaki or Didgeridoo, an Aboriginal wind instrument, I have left my comfort zone with realistic painting and am now painting in a more stylized manner. I now use dot patterns, cross hatched lines, and my pin striping skills to create my own visual language. The paintings are a reflection of my journeys to places like the Grenadine Islands, Barbados, Panama, and Australia, but the technique combines identifiable images with Aboriginal dot painting techniques and symbols used in their culture. In addition to Aboriginal artists of today, I am also influenced by the pattern paintings of Alfredo Arreguin, Hokusai, M.C. Escher, and Vincent Van Gogh. I have reinvented myself as an artist by incorporating these cultural art styles and translating them into complex pattern painting.

 
The Aborigines in Alice Springs, Australia had a profound impact on the work that I do in painting and the processes involved.  World travel continues to influence what and how I paint the world around me.

The Aborigines in Alice Springs, Australia had a profound impact on the work that I do in painting and the processes involved.  World travel continues to influence what and how I paint the world around me.