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 solo exhibition was held September 14 - October 9, 2022.  A selection of his works is currently available at the gallery as indicated below.  For inquiries on all other works shown, please Contact Us

Phone Reflection, oil on linen, 12 1/2" x 9 5/8" 

Cloudy Reflection, oil on linen, 12 11/16" x 9 5/8"  

Dark Entry, oil on linen, 16 1/2" x 12"  

Dark Doorway, oil on canvas, 16 1/2" x 12"  Available 

Bending Blue Reflection, oil on linen, 12 5/8" x 9 11/16"  

Yellow Rain Jacket, oil on linen, 12 5/8" x 9 11/16"  

Gray Dripping Stains, oil on linen, 12 3/4" x 9 11/16"  

Dark Floor Light Bars, oil on linen, 12 5/8" x 9 11/16"  

Red Room, oil on linen, 12 11/16" x 9 5/8"  Available 

Shimmering Reflection on Glass, oil on linen, 12 11/16" x 9 5/8"  

Murky Yellow Rain Jacket, oil on linen, 12 5/8" x 9 5/8"  

Sunlit Window Reflection, oil on linen, 12 1/2" x 9 5/8"  

Blue Winter Light, oil on linen, 12 5/8" x 9 5/8"  SOLD 

Subdivided Sunlight, oil on linen, 12 5/8" x 9 5/8"  

Purple Sunset at the Bay, oil on linen, 8 1/8" x 10 1/4"  

Yellow Sunset at the Bay, oil on paper, 8 1/8" x 7 1/4"  Available 

Shore House, oil on linen, 6 7/8" x 7 5/16"  SOLD 

Overcast Sunset, oil on linen, 8 1/2" x 8 1/2"  

Cloud Study, oil on paper, 8" x 8"  

Dusk, oil on linen, 7 1/4" x 11 1/4"  

Waterworks, oil on linen, 8 7/8" x 8 7/8"  SOLD 

Waterworks Park, oil on paper, 6 1/2" x 12" 

Lemon Hill, oil on paper, 9 3/4" x 7"  Available 

Tree Study, oil on paper, 8 1/4" x 8 1/4"  

Outer Banks, oil on paper, 10" x 8 1/4" 

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

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

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