The paintings in Cuckoo Clock reflect a new momentum and direction in Seán Guinan's practice. The paintings are the result of a series of interventions, the terms of which are dictated by a daily scrutinizing, obliterating/mending and an intuitive working-out of the direction each one needs to take. The overall aesthetic has become more gestural, and the mood disquieting. The sinister and the whimsical intertwine in a subject matter that verges on the absurd.
Illogical renderings of subjects from the physical world fuse with imaginative forms, elements and situations to produce a narrative that is not easily digested, but offers scope for subjective interpretation. Envisaged dystopian, nightmarish scenarios, often engineered with a dark humour, permeate the paintings and are presented in a manner that can both lead and mislead the viewer.
Seán Guinan (b.1983) is an artist from Athlone, Co. Westmeath. He graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2007 and has recently exhibited at Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin; RUA RED, Dublin; Kinsale Arts Festival, Cork; Limerick City Gallery of Art(solo show), and Galway Arts Festival. He is director of Wickham Street Studios, an artists' studio complex in Limerick City centre and was one of the founding members of Occupy Space, a not-for-profit visual arts organisation, also in Limerick. Seán is a recent recipient of the Limerick City Council Residential Artists' Apartments Award.