Sean Molloy’s key concern as a painter is to investigate the relevance of painting in a digitally-mediated world. This body of work has been constructed by a process of experimentation with a series of traditional baroque-inspired themes, spliced together with over-painted elements associated with digital-based imagery. The traditional elements have been appropriated from sources within the Dutch, Spanish, Flemish and Italian baroque painting canon, combined and juxtaposed to create a series of miniature tondo portraits and capriccio-type fantasy landscapes. The digital-inspired elements overlaying the traditional subject matter reference a variety of sources (C.G.I., games, image manipulation software, glitch-art, etc.).
'Pentimenti' refers to the underlying drawing, the choices and corrections that the artist makes while developing the composition, correcting areas by painting over them, discovered years sometimes centuries later revealing themselves to the modern viewer by the fading top layer of paint, 'Pentimenti' can also reveal when the painter's original work has been corrected, often in response to socio-political, moral or fashion imperatives – or simply through complacent restoration. Thus the 'definitive' (often canonical) work reveals itself as something which is not a solid given, but the outcome of a fluid, changing dynamic. In today's world, there is also a certain impermanence to digital images – we can alter and manipulate them as often as we wish which gives them a certain malleable quality.
Sean Molloy received a 1st class BA honours in painting (NCAD, 2011), followed by his MFA (NCAD, 2013).
His degree show featured in the Irish Arts Review as one of the top Irish fine art graduates of 2011. In 2013 Sean was longlisted for the Saatchi New Sensation prize the sole Irish nominee. In Dec 2015, his debut solo exhibition was held at the RHA Ashford Gallery, Dublin.He is currently artist-in-residence at Cloverhill Prison as part of the Arts Council of Ireland Visual Artists in Prison Scheme.
Collections include: OPW, AXA Insurance Ireland, De Blacam & Meagher Architects. Selected group shows include:
'From LA to Dublin' Saatchi Gallery (Dublin Web Summit 2014); New Living Art V (IMOCA , 2014); Eigse, Carlow, 2014; RHA Annual (2013 – 2015); 'Lacuna 1' (Taylor Galleries, 2013); Rua Red Winter Open (2013, 2011); Anonymous Drawings-Berlin & Eindhoven (2013); Claremorris Open Exhibition 2011; RDS Student Art Awards 2011.
Awards include a K&M Evans Painting Prize (RHA, 2014) and the Thomas Damman Jr Memorial Trust Award (2015)