Sean Durkin

Sean Durkin

Sean Durkin, full of irony and narrative, 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.

  • Town Hall Square
    Town Hall Square 30 x 20 inches £ 1,295.00
  • Eleven Penny Ale
    Eleven Penny Ale 30 x 20 inches £ 1,295.00
  • Dare To Be Different
    Dare To Be Different 30 x 20 inches Sold
  • Sunset Over The Town
    Sunset Over The Town 30 x 20 inches Sold
  • Going About the Day
    Going About the Day 15 x 15 inches Sold
  • The Cornershop
    The Cornershop 15 x 15 inches Sold
  • Glenmuir Factory, Lanark Commission
    Glenmuir Factory, Lanark Commission 56 x 32 inches Sold
  • The High Street
    The High Street 40 x 15 inches Sold
  • Catch Me If You Can
    Catch Me If You Can 30 x 20 inches Sold
  • Nothing to See Here
    Nothing to See Here 20 x 20 inches Sold
  • Commission
    Commission 30 x 20 inches Sold
  • Home Time
    Home Time 40 x 30 inches Sold
  • St Hilda’s Mill
    St Hilda’s Mill 36 x 26 inches Sold
  • A Cut Above the Rest
    A Cut Above the Rest 20 x 24 inches Sold
  • Eight Arches
    Eight Arches 24 x 24 inches Sold
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