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About the Artist Sean Durkin

Sean Durkin is a British Contemporary Artist from Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire. He was born in 1964 and his path to becoming an artist is quite the tale.
In 1972, his father, John Durkin, stole and held ransom a Lowry painting from the local art gallery. It was a painting of Middlesbrough Town Hall and Saint Hilda’s Church.

Works By Sean Durkin

  • Mcglade by Sean Durkin
  • Bobbler Bun by Sean Durkin
    Bobbler Bun
  • Warhorse Tobacco by Sean Durkin
    Warhorse Tobacco
  • Bustling Day by Sean Durkin
    Bustling Day
  • Footy Day by Sean Durkin
    Footy Day
  • Market Day by Sean Durkin
    Market Day
  • Going to Work by Sean Durkin
    Going to Work
  • A Grey Day by Sean Durkin
    A Grey Day
  • Let's Dance by Sean Durkin
    Let's Dance
  • A Normal Day by Sean Durkin
    A Normal Day
  • The City Smoke by Sean Durkin
    The City Smoke
  • Terrace Walk by Sean Durkin
    Terrace Walk
  • The Commute by Sean Durkin
    The Commute
  • Street Life by Sean Durkin
    Street Life
  • Open Seven Days a Week by Sean Durkin
    Open Seven Days a Week
  • Cops and Robbers by Sean Durkin
    Cops and Robbers
  • By Hook or By Crook by Sean Durkin
    By Hook or By Crook
  • Here Today Gone Tomorrow by Sean Durkin
    Here Today Gone Tomorrow
  • Ransom by Sean Durkin
  • Hustle & Bustle by Sean Durkin
    Hustle & Bustle
  • Catch Me If You Can by Sean Durkin
    Catch Me If You Can
  • Down Our Street by Sean Durkin
    Down Our Street
  • Working Day by Sean Durkin
    Working Day
  • Blending Into The Surroundings by Sean Durkin
    Blending Into The Surroundings
  • Incognito by Sean Durkin

In exchange for the painting’s safe return, he demanded that the Lord Mayor raffle his underpants for charity. He also demanded that the gallery be installed with a better alarm system. But perhaps more significantly, the gallery be opened on Sundays “to allow the working man to get some culture”.
Being only eight at the time, Sean Durkin recalls coming downstairs the following morning to find the stolen painting on the mantelpiece. He was fascinated by the atmosphere of the painting and the ‘matchstick’ people as they scurried around the scene. He did not realise it at the time, but the painting would have a profound effect on his life. Ultimately inspiring him to become an artist himself.Playful and Powerful,Full of irony and narrative, Sean Durkin’s work is simultaneously playful and powerful. Consequently, now an acclaimed artist with a loyal following. The Lowry tale further adding to the impact of his work.
Today, Sean’s atmospheric work pays tribute to the memory of that stolen painting. He enjoys creating rough, textured surfaces to suit the grittiness and mood of his paintings. His paintings are furthermore full of narrative. They prompt the viewer to wonder about the lives of the ‘matchstick’ people within. Sean himself adds to this narrative by including a burglar and a policeman in every painting as a reminder of his father’s sensational stunt. Sean’s paintings continue to captivate audiences across the country, bringing him great success as an artist. In a rather ironic twist of fate, his work now hangs on public display in the prestigious Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) next to the very same L.S. Lowry painting his father once stole. Sean holds regular exhibitions in his native northeast. He has been featured on BBC TV, as well as numerous radio stations and newspapers.

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