PETER SCOULAR PHOTOGRAPHY | PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST: SEAN RANDALL

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST: SEAN RANDALL

March 08, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Sean William Randall, is a Saskatchewan based Canadian painter. Images were made one afternoon in his natural light studio. There, volumes of books were stacked everywhere... antique and modern camera gear in drawers and shelves, floor thick with vivid paint spatters, farm tools, brushes, unfinished canvas, exquisite finished works of art, music blasting, two hyper tailed dogs, their steamy breathe on the windows constantly looking in. Natural Light from above illuminates the large canvas in the center of the room, cold winter blue paint pulls you into a winter night scene.

“Sean William Randall’s cityscapes invoke our innate memory of place — walking downtown in the rain, sleepless, staring out into tiny worlds
across the darkness, hanging out by the empty Dairy Queen, staring at the long spring afternoon reflected in the shadows of the plate-glass
window. “These scenes catch the corner of my eye,” Randall says. “If I could, I would paint them right there.” Each scene plays with reflections, abstracting reality. Randall works from reference photos, but is not interested in the limitations of photo-realism dictated by the lens: single viewpoint, depth of field, random details. Instead, he strives to paint how we remember time, possibly outside the 21st century experience of it, mediated by digital devices that interrupt, freeze, instantly share, and recontextualize.”

- Margaret Bessai, Galleries West Magazine, Summer 2012

Spending an afternoon with Sean Randall in his natural light studio. Volumes of books stacked everywhere, antique and modern camera gear in drawers and shelves, floor thick with vivid paint spatters, farm tools, brushes, unfinished canvas, exquisite finished works of art, music blasting, two hyper tailed dogs, their steamy breathe on the windows constantly looking in. Natural Light from above illuminates the canvas in the centre of the room.

One of my favorite images. — with Sean W Randall.

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"The 'pliers' are long handled farrier or forge tongs, my grandfathers, he used them for shoeing his horses. I remember (as a kid) watching him use these " Randall says. DSC_3326-2DSC_3326-2

Working on a commision. The painting is of a winter night scene. Natural Light from above illuminates the unfinished canvas in the centre of the room.

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Sean Randall tells me about his Roliflex medium format twin lens reflex camera... or maybe he was talking about postmodern architecture, or the Paris–Roubaix bike race. DSC_3043DSC_3043

 

Black and white image, tools of the trade. DSC_3310DSC_3310

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"The brush, is actually 30 years old. probably the oldest I have, one I use periodically." DSC_3320DSC_3320

Such beauty in these tools.

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