“Lines that Speak” will be featured in our Gallery for May and June 2023.
In today’s complex world, Sean’s work aims to serve as a time capsule, capturing our shared collective trauma through simple pen and ink drawings. As the 21st century unfolds, many feel isolated, overwhelmed by headlines, disempowered, and constantly subjected to injustice. With “Lines that Speak,” he strives to use art as a mirror, reflecting society’s struggles and triumphs and helping us make sense of the experiences we are going through.
Sean’s approach to art infuses playfulness into life’s seriousness. Utilizing an economy of line and my often-ironic perspective, he creates snapshots of startling events that we have all witnessed, such as the war in Ukraine, the fight for gun safety, the divisive Presidential election, George Floyd’s death, the January 6th Insurrection, the fight for abortion rights, and the COVID-19 pandemic. These illustrations invite viewers to pause, reflect, and appreciate the endurance we all possess.
Once described as “New Yorker Cartoons without the need for captions,” his pen and ink drawings strive to harness more significant ideas with simplicity.
As an artist, Sean hopes these pieces spark contemplation and connection, empowering us to navigate our ever-changing world.
Please visit www.seannixon.com and @seannixondraws on Instagram.
Sean is a professor of Art at SUNY Ulster, Rosendale resident and a proud member of the town’s Environmental Commission.