Sean Durkin

Sean Durkin

Full of irony and narrative, Sean Durkin is simultaneously playful and powerful in his paintings. Now an acclaimed artist with a loyal following, Sean’s path to becoming an artist is quite the tale, further adding to the impact of his work.

In 1972, his father, John Durkin, stole and held ransom a Lowry painting of Middlesbrough Town Hall and Saint Hilda’s Church 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 be installed with a better alarm system as well as be opened on Sundays “to allow the working man to get some culture”. Only a boy of eight at the time, Sean 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, and ultimately inspire him to become an artist himself.

  • Bettys & Ovaltine
    Bettys & Ovaltine 36 x 26 inches Sold
  • Across The Green
    Across The Green 15 x 15 inches Sold
  • Two-Up Two-Down
    Two-Up Two-Down 15 x 15 inches Sold
  • Bettys
    Bettys 15 x 15 inches Sold
  • Day To Day
    Day To Day 36 x 26 inches Sold
  • Ovaltine II
    Ovaltine II 15 x 15 inches Sold
  • Ovaltine
    Ovaltine 15 x 15 inches Sold
  • Town Life
    Town Life 24 x 18 inches Sold
  • A Time Gone By
    A Time Gone By 24 x 18 inches Sold
  • Ahh Bisto
    Ahh Bisto 18 x 24 inches Sold
  • Hovis
    Hovis 15 x 15 inches Sold
  • Cops and Robbers
    Cops and Robbers 24 x 24 inches Sold
  • Mill Street
    Mill Street 15 x 15 inches Sold
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