Sean Morris

October 2008: Fresh from a series of exhibitions and shows, Perth illustrator and animator Sean Morris says we can expect a whole lot more, with fresh shows, plus new tshirts and prints on his Etsy store.

Where did you study?
I studied Creative Advertising at Curtin University, and Animation at the Film and Television Institute.

What have you been up to lately?
Getting some stuff ready for a group show in California next month, working on some t-shirt designs, and planning a big summer exhibition with Pete Long in Fremantle. I also just set up an Etsy store, so i’m trying to figure out how that whole deal works.

Stalking David Hasselhoff and Paris Hilton

The Woodsmen beer coasters

How would you describe your own work?
Technically pretty basic, but with a nerd-level attention to detail. Subject-wise, people often call my images surreal, but i don’t think of them that way – i don’t set out to try and make ‘weird’ pictures. But i’ve realised that i really enjoy the challenge of making attractive drawings out of things that in the real world might not be so attractive – like ‘Large naked man sitting on a couch floating in an ocean of his own hair’ or ‘Lounge singer in ugly floral-print jacket being savaged by German Shepherd’.

The Wrestle

Where do you find inspiration?
In people and animals -  usually the odd-looking ones. So i collect old National Geographic magazines… and stare at strangers a lot.

Do you have a favourite artist, or artists?
I have constant art-crushes. Lately i’ve been rediscovering my obsessions with Jim Houser, Julie Morstad and Neckface. Chris Ware and Stuart Kolakovic make we want to do comics and learn how to use colour properly. Locally – i think Kill Pixie, Creepy and Justin Lee Williams are doing the tightest work in Australia right now.

The Slaughterhouse Five EP cover

How has the area where you lived influenced your work?
I think living in Perth, where making a career out of drawing isn’t that common – especially with the sort of stuff that i do -  has made me work harder than i might have elsewhere.  But whether or not my work would actually look different if i’d grown up in a different city – that’s hard to say!


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  1. Nice lil’ interview. I am really diggin’ his art. For some reason it reminds me of hydEON’s work.

    Corey Thompson, March 15th, 2009 at 5:35 pm
  2. [...] around Australia. Paul Ikin / Kate-Anna Williams / Sam Knest / Daevid Anderson / Kareena Zerefos / Sean Morris / Natasha Sim. Opening night 29th January 7pm at Mixtape Gallery, 454 William St Northbridge Perth. [...]

    Perth: Give Way at Mixtape Gallery | Australian Edge, January 22nd, 2010 at 8:52 pm

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