Throughout the years, I have seen a lot of artwork on wood: paintings on wood panels, wood boxes, and plywood sheets. But I have seen very few artists actually use the woodgrain to their advantage. And certainly no others whose work resembles that of Jacksonville, Florida artist Sean Mahan.
His paintings frequently include vast, unprimed backgrounds with sparing subject matter; starting off as graphite renderings, which are then layered with washes of acrylic paint on luan wood. There is definitely an eerie beauty to the figures in his work, being that they are for the most part, isolated from reality with often only one inanimate object to interact with. Really interesting work.
To view more of Sean Mahan’s work, visit his portfolio site.