Sean Yelland

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.

Press:
'Alone in the City,' Lorie Lee Steiner, Arabella Magazine Winter 2015
'Beat-up vans inspire photo-realist painting series,' Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist, Novermber 2015