Sean Lynch

Visiting Professor of Art




Sean Lynch is interested in loose ends within stories: the lost footnotes and how to mediate their presence. The sculptures, installations, videos and publications generated in this process are speculative and open-ended in nature, uncovering marginalized histories and forensically investigating half-truths, all in the aim to find new egalitarian understandings of ideas that, in Lynch’s view, are too easily discarded by the relentless pace of contemporary life. Swaying between the anecdotal and informative, Lynch’s narrative artworks are formed from seemingly disparate topics and themes such as stone carving, the abandoned DeLorean car factory, Irish folk rituals, motorways and fast food shops, amongst many surprising others.

Sean Lynch represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2015. He has held recent solo exhibitions at Groundwork, Cornwall (2018), Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2017), Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver (2016), Rose Art Museum, Boston (2016), Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2016) and Modern Art Oxford (2014). He is now preparing a new exhibition for the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, and has recently curated group exhibitions at Flat Time House, London and Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford. He has been Audain Distinguished Artist-In-Residence at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and a lecturer in many educational contexts throughout Europe. Since 2006 Lynch has worked alongside Michele Horrigan at Askeaton Contemporary Arts, organizing artist residencies, artwork production and publications in rural southwest Ireland. He studied at the Stadelschule in Frankfurt, and lives and works in Brussels.

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