Parade Pimlico Pearl

April 29, 2021

Sean Sullivan is one of those artists whose work defies classification. He is an illustrator, sculptor, book designer, printmaker, painter and sound poet. Regardless of his medium –– oil paint, graphite, salt sough –– music is central to his process. And as with anything hand-made, there is a surrendering to his materials, and to the unpredictability of the human hand. What strikes me most about his work is the sheer variety, so many styles, each one as confident as the next. He’s like five artists in one. Sullivan’s mantra Parade, Pimlico, Pearl weaves its way through his work. “This phrase or poem was originally “parade.pentimento.pimlico.pearl,” and it served as a secular prayer of sorts…” he says. “Parade: a reminder to enjoy, celebrate, and commemorate; pentimento: a reminder to value history, my own and our collective history; pimlico: a nod to luck, good and bad, and named after the racetrack; pearl: a nod to the creative process—to remember that beautiful things can be made from things found around you, are made over a long period of time, and are often a reaction to adversity.”

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