ARTIST SEÁN MCCANN TO SHOWCASE ‘JOURNEY THROUGH LANDSCAPE’
EXHIBITION AT WILLIAMSON ART GALLERY & MUSEUM, BIRKENHEAD
The Clearing 75 x 90 cm oil on panel Spirit Island 75 x 90 cm oil on panel
Bow Lake 75 x 90 cm oil on panel Gap in the Trees 60 x 75 cm oil on panel
An artist from Woolton is to hold a month-long exhibition entitled ‘Journey through
Landscape’ in one of the North West’s most renowned galleries.
Seán McCann will showcase more than 40 of his fine oil paintings at the Williamson Art
Gallery and Museum in Birkenhead, from October 26 until November 24. He has spent the
past four years creating the works, which include landscapes of the Lake District,
Burwardsley, Cheshire, the Highlands of Scotland, Northern Ireland, North Wales and the
Seán, who was born in Ballymoney, Co Antrim, said: “The title of the exhibition seemed to
describe the process of my recent landscape work - it really was a journey through
landscape and a journey through painting.
“Looking back, I suppose my journey through landscape began when I was a young boy and
each summer I spent school holidays at my grandparents’ farm in Co Down, Northern
Ireland. It is known as the County of the ‘drumlins’ or ‘rolling hills’ and this perfectly
describes where their farm was situated. This place is probably where I got a love of
landscape from and these times and memories are deeply embedded in my psyche. It was
Seán has travelled around the world visiting destinations including South East Asia, America
and Canada, where he has been inspired by the people he’s met and the places he has been
to. He currently has works in private collections in Ireland, UK, Germany, Holland, Israel
and the USA.
He added: “Often an exhibition is the first time that the artist can really see the work
outside the studio. When the paintings are on a gallery wall it allows them to exist
separately and also be part of a larger family of paintings. When I see this it makes me
realise that throughout an artist’s life painting is the journey, which only ends when you put
down your paintbrushes for the last time.”
The exhibition at Williamson Art Gallery & Museum in Slatey Road, Birkenhead will be free
admission and can be visited Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
Seán McCann was born in Ballymoney, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland. His interest in painting
was sparked at an early age. From his early teens he joined his father in evening art classes
to be taught oil painting. At eighteen he did a foundation art course at the Ulster
Polytechnic, followed by a Bachelor of Fine Art degree at Brighton College of Art and a
Master of Fine Art at Birmingham Art College.
From Birmingham he moved to London where he had a studio in the East End, an area
where most artists gravitated to because of the affordable studio accommodation. Since
London he has travelled widely to Europe, SE Asia, including India, Malaysia, Borneo,
Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, USA and Canada. He has lived and painted in
the Highlands of Scotland and the North and West coast of Ireland, and now lives in
Liverpool, England, an area that is also close to the magical landscapes of the Lake District
and North Wales.
Seán has taken part in numerous exhibitions including The Mall Galleries, London; The
Morley Gallery, London; The Vortex Gallery, London; The William Morris Gallery, London;
The Gardner Art Centre, Sussex University; The Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; The Tom Allen
Centre, London; Phoenix Gallery, Brighton; The Foxford Exhibition Centre, Mayo, Ireland,
and The Irish Club, Dublin, Ireland.
He has works in private collections in Ireland, UK, Germany, Holland, Israel and the USA
About Williamson Art Gallery & Museum
Located outside the centre of Birkenhead, the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum stands at
the core of the Wirral Museums Service, offering more space than any other in its purpose-
built galleries. The last two years has seen substantial refurbishment costing over £1.25
million, which is nearly complete.
The Williamson houses one of the best art collections in the North West of England in its
beautifully proportioned galleries. Paintings of all sorts, especially British watercolours and
work by local artists, join highlights of the decorative arts collections like Liverpool
Porcelain and Birkenhead's own contribution to the Arts & Crafts Movement, the Della
Robbia Pottery. It also has a large collection of ship models, focusing on Cammell Laird
shipbuilders, the Mersey Ferries, and the vessels that used the River Mersey.
The Williamson offers the Gallery 14 Café, Shop and a Community Gallery. The café, run by
Best Bites, is an employment project for people with disabilities, which has already enjoyed
great success elsewhere in the borough. The shop features the work of local craftspeople,
including potters, textile artists, jewellers and photographers.
Accessibility - Ramped access at front of building and all galleries on one level; accessible
Venue Hire- The Williamson is also used for a wide variety of meetings, events and
concerts, most particularly using the excellent Steinway concert grand piano.
Admission is free
Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm
Closed Monday, including Bank Holidays