Sean’s path to becoming an artist is quite a tale. In 1972 his father stole and held ransom a Lowry painting from the local art gallery. In exchange for the painting’s safe return, he demanded that the Lord Mayor raffle his underpants for charity and that the gallery install a better alarm system as well as open on Sundays “to allow the working man to get some culture”.
Only a boy of eight at the time, Sean was fascinated by the ‘matchstick’ people as they scurried around the scene. Today Sean’s atmospheric work pays tribute to the memory of that stolen painting. He includes a burglar and a policeman in every painting as a reminder of his father’s sensational stunt.