Sean Yelland is a Toronto based painter who seeks to capture the picturesque in everyday urban settings, finding the beautiful and mysterious in the mundane. His work plays with a sense of voyeurism and intrigue bordering on the uncanny. By confronting the viewer with scenes that should be full of action but are shown in a state of stillness, Yelland is removing the comfort of the expected, and questioning our relationship to our environment.
Working from photographs, each piece is translaed into paint becoming hyper-real in the process. Colours are saturated, light intensified. Reflections also play an important part in Yelland's work, either in store font windows or rain-soaked streets, and allow for multiple viewpoints in a single image.
Sean Yelland attended the Ontario College of Art & Design, graduating in 1989. Yelland has exhibited across Canada and was shortlisted for the Kingston Prize in 2011. His works are found in numerous private and corporate collections.
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