Title: Harness
Dimensions: width: 70cm, height: 30cm, depth: 35cm
Notes: cast alloy, steel, textile, wood
Country: United Kingdom


Seamus Moran was born in 1963 in Burton on Trent. He graduated with a Ba (hons) in Ceramics with Glass from Birmingham polytechnic in 1984 and went on to work in the pottery industry in Stoke on Trent as a sculptor and mould-maker. In 1988 he moved to Cornwall and two years later became self employed, expanding his main areas of expertise to the design and creation of his own range of sculptural giftware as well as continuing to originate moulds and produce work for other artists. He started exhibiting his own sculptures in galleries in 2002. His work has been shown around the UK and in 2008 won the People’s choice award at The National sculpture competition at Liverpool’s Bluecoat 2 gallery. Last year he was shortlisted for the Threadneedle prize at The Mall galleries in London for his work “Urban Burka”. He is currently a featured artist in the book “State of art : Sculpture & 3D #2” in the series from Barehill publishing.


Seamus Moran uses combinations of seemingly incompatible ideas to produce his sculptures. Inspired by childhood memories of museum visits, fossils and armour, his industry background in mould-making ensures that his work is convincing & meticulously constructed. For many years he has worked by casting knots salvaged from dead trees and turning them into complex organic abstracts. His recent work has focused on more figurative themes, often with a strong social comment. Very different in some ways to his previous body of work, but retaining the realism and the feeling that his pieces could be museum exhibits from a parallel universe. Moran shares his own insights on the human condition through his dark, slightly humorous sculptures, introducing questionable values by
the rethinking of familiar objects.


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