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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.

  • Morrison and Nelly
    Morrison and Nelly 30 x 30 inches £ 1,695.00
  • Union Jacks
    Union Jacks 30 x 30 inches £ 1,695.00
  • Anderson Foundry
    Anderson Foundry 30 x 30 inches £ 1,695.00
  • Eleven Penny Ale
    Eleven Penny Ale 30 x 20 inches £ 1,295.00
  • Bernard
    Bernard 12 x 24 inches Sold
  • Agnes
    Agnes 12 x 24 inches Sold
  • Foundry Town
    Foundry Town 40 x 30 inches Sold
  • Stand Out
    Stand Out 15 x 15 inches Sold
  • My Street
    My Street 15 x 15 inches Sold
  • Town Hall Square
    Town Hall Square 30 x 20 inches Sold
  • Sunset Over The Town
    Sunset Over The Town 30 x 20 inches Sold
  • Dove Mill
    Dove Mill 56 x 32 inches Sold
  • Kearsley Mill
    Kearsley Mill 56 x 32 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
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