Sean Crawford is an internationally successful artist from rural Carterton, New Zealand.
From his purpose-built workshop, Sean creates ‘Pacific Modern’ style sculptures and multi-media works. Inspired by his rural upbringing shooting possums and crutching sheep, Sean’s love of art and the great New Zealand outdoors intertwine in imaginative and unexpected ways.
Though Sean always had a natural interest in art, he first embarked on a career in the plumbing trade in suburban New Zealand. It was an extensive trip across Europe that reawakened Sean’s passion for art and design and inspired him to gain a Batchelor of Design with Honours in 2003.
Sean has been a full-time sculptor ever since, using a range of distinctive materials from galvanised steel to recycled native timbers and taxidermy to forge a unique style and distinctive design. The juxtaposition between taxidermy and steel in Sean’s recent works is a comment on the globalisation of New Zealand and its questionable deployment of military forces across the globe.
In 2013, Sean was a finalist for the signature award at the New Zealand Art Show in Wellington. His commissioned work ‘The Pioneer, Maui’s Bird and the Earthly Star’ is seen by thousands of people at Auckland Airport and a commission in 2015, ‘Waiting for Hammond’ was placed overlooking the Irish Sea. This two-meter high huia bird near Cork, Ireland, shows that though Sean’s inspiration his home-grown, his art has international appeal.
“It is not the object that defines us – it merely implicates us,” says Sean.
Extended artist CV
2003 Completed Design Degree (Honours) at Victoria University
2004 Solo Show - Strangers in the Landscape - Heart of Glass
2005 Group Show - Wine Country Gallery
2006 Solo Show - Cross Section - Aratoi Exhibition Space
2007 Spring Festival - Selected artist - Wellington Botanical Gardens
2008 People's choice award Waitakaruru Sculpture Park, Hamilton
2008 Men @ Work - Joint show with Jeff Thompson, Campbell Maud and Trevor Lamb - Expressions Arts Centre
2009 Festival of Flowers - Flora and Fauna Exhibition - Christchurch Botanical Gardens - One of six selected NZ sculptors
2010 Shape shifter, Essential New Zealand Sculpture
2010 NZ Sculpture Onshore - selected artist
2011 Accepted into 'The Sculptors Society' - New South Wales
2011 Commissioned work for Auckland International Airport
2012 Shape shifter, Essential NZ Sculpture
2012 Sculpture on the Shore - selected artist
2013 Signature piece finalist NZ Art Show