SEAN HEWITT SWAc
Somewhere deep in the heart of South East Cornwall, Sean Hewitt stands
amidst a deluge of daubed canvasses exploding with vivid colour and shapes.
The Little Blue Studio set in the orchard where he lives and works in South East
Cornwall provides sanctuary for his present dedicated exploration of the circle
and all things cyclic.
Recently my work has been focused on a central theme of the symbol of the
circle and its fascination for me in its power and presence in nature, the
man made environment and as a spiritual and primitive symbol - a shape
that precedes time – the formation of the earth in shape long before man
even knew the word circle. My work is committed to the exploration of it –
emotionally and geometrically – its inclusion of colours, shapes, thoughts
and ideas within its borders and its exclusion of shapes and colours and
emotions shut out from its perimeter. The show at the Crypt Gallery, St
Ives is based on the poetry of W B Yeats and his own pre-occupation with
allegorical aspects of Sun and Moon.
As a member of both The St Ives Society of Artists, the Plymouth Society of
Artists and also as a newly elected Academician to the South West Academy of
Fine and Applied Arts,
Sean exhibits widely in the South West as well as
regularly in London with The United Society of Artists .
His early childhood and formative years were spent in the Mediterranean and
Middle East and its easy to see the influence of hot yellows and azure iridescent
blues splashed into his work.
Colour is everything. Sensuous, sweeping shapes are punctuated with
energetic vibrant colours that dominate the moods and emotions in my
paintings. I try to match those early childhood adventures with colour with
the emotional and physical elements around me.
Its hard not to notice the massive litter of hundreds of Cd cases around the studio
amongst tubes of paint and brushes and the constant stream of music playing in
the studio and that the titles of work that foster well chosen lyrics of lines from
Music too plays an integral and essential part of my life and I can’t live
without it - something is always playing in the background when I am
working and naturally that affects the outcome. Essentially my work is an
emotional response to the people and places I love. I guess the music is
just a hook to hang it on."
The solo show at the Crypt has a special significance for the artist who is fully
aware that the Gallery in the 1940’s really represented some of most forward
thinking and experimental art being created in Britain at that time.
To think that my work will be held on walls that once showed the work of
Hepworth, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon and Willemina Barnes- Graham is
very special .
The vibrant paintings are inspired by the poet Yeats’ own pre-occupations and
thoughts on cyclic visions of history and life itself. Sean has taken these and
married them with lines from modern songs to create titles for his own paintings.
These are not merely random explorations of colour variations. In his wider
research Sean became more and more interested in the 348 colour studies
combinations executed by Japanese painter and costume designer Sanzo Wada
in the 1930’s. This referencing gave him even more ammunition in firing explosive
colour to his paintings.
Wada’s colour studies are an amazing inspiration to take even more
challenging steps in creating my work. I wanted to turn up the volume on
my paintings so people could hear the colour. I guess that why I called the
solo show Play it Loud. It symbolizes everything I am trying to do in my
Play it Loud – songs of wandering – can be seen at The Crypt Gallery, Norway
Square, St Ives from April 7th – 13th.
You can also view his work at The Mariners Gallery, St Ives and can contact him
through his website at www.seanhewitt.co.uk