Sean Sauer

Sean Sauer at Cerulean Arts

My paintings are an empirical exploration of the contemporary landscape. I am interested in how we use, shape, and inhabit our environment, and I am drawn to subjects that are both ominous and beautiful. I paint on site, often working for several months on a painting. The experience of being a part of the environment as I’m working, developing a relationship with the place, becomes the most important part of my process to uncover its identity. Documenting changes in a place, from objects being moved, to shifting light and shadow, allows the painting to evolve and become more specific. Although a unique element initially attracts me to a site, it is not until I have spent time at a location that the true shape of the subject unfolds. Working in this manner precludes imposing a preconceived concept of the landscape, and lends itself to developing a deeper understanding through observation and contemplation.
My ideas for paintings build off of one another. I will begin painting in one spot and often end up moving to another, after being inspired by the quality of light or subject matter that I see. Or, I will add canvas to a painting, in order to include and explore how areas of a site relate to one another in one image. Lately, I have been developing groups of paintings of one location to explore the effect of creating a composite of images. Looking at a space from different views allows you to imply the totality of the space.  

Sean Sauer Resume 

Sean Sauer's most recent exhibition was held February 10 - March 7, 2021.  A selection of his works is currently available at the gallery as indicated.  For inquiries on all other works show, please Contact Us

Review of Sean Sauer's exhibition in fnewsmagazine, School of the Art Institute of Chicago:  "Look for the Abstraction in the Real" 

Planting Room 1, oil on canvas, 24" x 32"  

Planting Room 2, oil on canvas, 24" x 32" 

Greenhouse Storage, oil on canvas, 24" x 32"  

Back Greenhouse, oil on canvas, 14.5" x 26.25"  

Eastern State Penitentiary, Cellblock 10, oil on canvas, 26" x 20"   

Eastern State Penitentiary, Cellblock 2, oil on canvas, 26" x 20"  

Eastern State Penitentiary, Cellblock 11, oil on canvas, 26" x 20"   

Reflection 1, oil on canvas, 7.75" x 5.75"  Available 

Reflection 2 (Looking Through Corrugated Plexi), oil on canvas, 10.25" x 8.25"  Available 

Reflection 3 (Bending, Curving Light on Rippled Glass), oil on canvas, 9.75" x 7.75"  

Reflection 4 (Yellow Light Through Stained Glass with Crust), oil on canvas, 12.25" x 9.25"  Available 

Reflection 4 (Grid Fragmentation Through Dripping Glass), oil on canvas, 12.75" x 9.75"  SOLD  

Reflection 5 (Yellow Tracer Zing), oil on canvas, 12.75" x 9.75"  

Window 1, (Umber Layer), oil on paper, 12.75" x 9.5"  

Window 2 (Cremnitz Caked), oil on canvas,  

Greenhouse Interior, oil on canvas, 9.75" x 11.75"  Available 

Two Tone Interior, oil on canvas, 9.5" x 11.5"  

Blue Tarp Under Storage Sheds, oil on canvas, 11" x 8"   

Blue Tarp Covering Partially Removed Dirt Mound, oil on canvas, 8.25" x 10.25"  

Autumn Tree, oil on canvas, 9.5" x 7.5" 

Green House on Eagle Road, oil on canvas, 7.75" x 9.75" 

The Bay at Dusk, oil on canvas, 8" x 11"  

Eastern State Penitentiary, Cellblock 4, oil on linen, 31" x 22"  

Eastern State Penitentiary, Individual Cell, oil on canvas, 27" x 17" 

Parking Lot, charcoal on paper, 12.5" x 14.5"  

Planting Room, charcoal on paper, 22" x 30"  

Ballycastle, Ireland, oil on canvas, 6 7/8" x 9 3/8"  Available 

By Near Glinsk, oil on canvas, 8 1/8" x 11" 

Lacken Beach, oil on canvas, 11 1/8" x 8"