Sean Beldon

Some days are beige and your flat white's not quite double shot. Then you have electric moments where you can taste copper on your tongue. Painting is like that to me. At times a struggle against the ordinary blandness - then in a moment of immersion, it pours out. These are the moments I love.

I was born in 1972 in Cape Town and started painting in the mid 80’s. It was a tumultuous period in Apartheid South Africa - a fertile ground for artists. My early influences at school art were the usual. Impressionism, Cubism, Fauvism and Expressionism. Studying at the University of Stellenbosch and later the Cape University of Technology I fell in love with the work of artists such as William Turner, Edward Hopper and Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef. I developed my style with mainly symbolic, storytelling subjects. In this time I also studied printmaking and photography, which made a significant contribution to development.

In 2007 New Zealand became my new home. I started working on landscape themes such as ‘Into the heartland’; compositions and scenes inspired by road trip photography. My colour evolved from African palette to that of Aotearoa. I discovered great 'new (to me)' artists such as Rita Angus, Toss Woollaston and Colin Mccahon. Recently, I have gone back to my figurative origins. I now find myself in the happy union of landscape painting and sharing my stories through my narrative art.