Sean Crawford lives on a two acre block on the edge of Carterton (Wairarapa) with wife Sharlene, daughter Trinity and new son Cuban. From his purpose-built studio/workshop Sean creates sculptural works under inspirational views of the Tararuas.
Sean’s creative development took him from the plumbing trade in the suburban New Zealand landscape to experiencing wide European vistas during his OE - this awakened his desire and flair for art and design. Returning home to New Zealand, Sean put aside his trade and at the age of 30 made the decision to pursue years of study, gaining a Bachelor of Design with Honours (2003).
“I believe that the offsetting of old and new technology, processes and materials provide the challenge to extend perceived boundaries - boundaries which I’ll continue to explore in further exhibitions and commissioned works.” Sean employs distinctive materials such as galvanized or stainless steel, native timbers and copper, resulting in a unique style. Sean has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, with commissioned works held by New Zealand and overseas collectors.
2003 Completed Design Degree (Honours) at Victoria University
2004 Solo Show - Strangers in the Landscape - Heart of Glass
2005 Group Show - Wine Country Gallery
2006 Solo Show - Cross Section - Aratoi Exhibition Space
2007 Spring Festival - Selected artist - Wellington Botanical Gardens
2008 People's choice award Waitakaruru Sculpture Park, Hamilton
2008 Men @ Work - Joint show with Jeff Thompson, Campbell Maud and Trevor Lamb - Expressions Arts Centre
2009 Festival of Flowers - Flora and Fauna Exhibition - Christchurch Botanical Gardens - One of six selected NZ sculptors
2010 Shape shifter, Essential New Zealand Sculpture - has exhibited at this event
2010 NZ Sculpture Onshore - selected artist 2 - 14 November
2011 Accepted into 'The Sculptors Society' - New South Wales
'It is not the object that defines us - it merely implicates us'