Like a vigorous conductor of an orchestra, Sean Steadman fluctuates tempos, cues his infinite ensemble of shapes, and all the while steadies the flow of paint, his brush the baton of control. Unlike a conductor, whose role is to keep consistent rhythm, Sean prefers his melodies more awry – taking turns, pauses, loops or segues in another direction altogether. He works under these terms to keep the process open. The holes and passageways in his paintings can be viewed as metaphors for his absorption into plunging the unknown. The helix-like shapes that roam each canvas often repeat in on themselves, digging more trap-doors for us to fall through.
Works from this artist
Sean Steadman was born in Chelmsford, United Kingdom in 1989. He now lives and works in London, United Kingdom.
Sean Steadman studied at the Royal Academy of Art, London and the Slade School of Art, London.
Steadman’s work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions, including: Axioms, Painters Painting Paintings, Online (2021); Cascade, Project Native Informant, London (2021); 1,000,000,000,000, Project Native Informant, London (2020)
His work has also been shown in selected group exhibitions, including: The other side of the door, Purgal Delicatessen, Berlin (2022); After Image, Mamoth, London (2020); CONDO New York, Project Native Informant, London (2020); Unearthing, Becky's, London (2018); A Rose is without a ‘why’. It blooms because it blooms, Carl Freedman, London (2016); Cut, Shapes, Breaks and Scrapes, Seventeen, London (2016)
The other side of the door
Curated by Rebecca Ackroyd
Zoe Barcza, Sean Steadman, Laurence Sturla
Purgal Delicatessen, Berlin
April 28 – May 1, 2022