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About The Paintings…

This series of paintings by Sean Mahan is part of a larger series of figurative paintings on wood. The paintings are social-realist graphite renderings on oak and birch, colored with thin washes of acrylic. They depict a sense of wonder at the simple inherent sweetness of the human character and its conflict with structures of power and control.  In this series, the symbol of the “shadow person” is repeatedly used to pose questions about those “in the shadow of power,” and to pose questions about our insulated view of the impact popular consumer culture has on others.

Where the paintings have been…

Recently, Seanʼs work has shown at Stranger Factory Gallery, Albuquerque; Gallery 5, Richmond; the Cummer Museum, Jacksonville; Subtext Gallery, San Diego; Display Gallery, Gainesville; Art Basil, Miami; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville; and the Brooklyn Collective, New York. He currently is showing at Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles.

Sean has enjoyed creating cover artwork for the bands: Twelve Hour Turn, Floor, Daitro, Dauntless Elite, Jets vs. Sharks, Planes Mistaken For Stars, Beat Buttons, North Lincoln, Fires, Del Cielo, The Gifthorse, Mouthbreather, Senders, Little League, Back Pocket, Small Talk, Solid Pony, Laura Minor, Verde, Kids on Bikes, and more.




11/13  Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ – group show: Juried 2013 ~ Curated by Jonathan LeVine

09/13  Benny Gold, San Francisco, CA – group show: Gliders

08/13  Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA – solo show: Invisible Threads

06/13  Art in Public Places Mural, Jacksonville, FL- Girl and Origami, 22‘x52’ mural




10/12  Stranger Factory Gallery, Albequerque, NM – group show: Bewitching 2

10/12  Display Gallery, Gainesville, FL – group show: Fest 11

08/12  Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA – group show:  project room

06/12  Owlery Gallery, Bloomington, IN – group show: PIX Fest

05/12  Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA – group show: Endagered Species

03/12  Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA – group show: Picks of the Harvest

01/12  Gallery 5, Richmond, VA – solo show: Invisble Weight



11/11  Subtext Gallery, San Diego, CA – group show: Homeroom

10/11  Display Gallery, Gainesville, FL – group show: Fest 10

10/11  Cummer Museum, Jacksonville, FL – group show: 50 under 50



12/10  Art Basel, Miami, FL – group show: Multiversal

10/10  Plus Plus Gallery, Gainesville, FL – group show: Fest 9

09/10  Gallery 5, Richmond, VA – group show: Rorschach Records Show

09/10  Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL – group show: Making Marks

09/10  Brooklyn Collective,  New York, NY – solo show: Reflected



10/09  Plus Plus Gallery, Gainesville, FL – group show: Fest 8

11/09  Shoparooni, Cleveland, OH – group show: Natural Resources

07/09  Brooklyn Collective,  New York, NY – solo show: Sewing Girls



07/08  Brooklyn Collective,  New York, NY – solo show: Untitled



06/07  Atlantic Beach Cultural Center,  Atlantic Beach, FL – solo show: Untitled

A painting in the making…

a winter morning in my studio space listening to records and drawing.

Street Credit…

Here are a few blogs talking about Sean Mahan Art:

HI FRUCTOSEJuxtapoz, Supersonic Electronic,  Sour HarvestHI FRUCTOSE, The FW, Lomography, Design Boom, BOOOOMScoutie GirlDriftTwinklings, Natural Resource, ToysREvilPunk News

Friends and their art…

MOMO, ELTONO, Erin Tobey, Bakery Outlet Records, Concrete Lace, Alyson Fox, The Brooklyn Collective, Mondial