Sean Durkin

Born in North Yorkshire in 1963, Sean was influenced to paint in the style of L.S Lowry after his father infamously stole one of the great painter’s artworks in 1972 depicting St Hilda’s Church and the old Town Hall from a public art gallery. When he was arrested by police after the theft, he had a ransom letter with three demands. The first demand was that the gallery should have a better alarm system fitted and secondly, the gallery should be opened on Sundays. His third and final demand was for the mayor to auction off a pair of his underpants for charity!

As a boy I awoke in our terrace house, went downstairs and there in front of me on the mantelpiece was a curious little painting depicting what looked to me like a big house, a church, and some matchstick people scurrying around. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was to have a profound affect on my life — it was a painting by L.S Lowry and my father had stolen it from a public art gallery the previous evening. That image and the atmosphere it conveyed is what I find so beguiling and it stayed in my head for years until finally, as a young man, I built up the courage to paint myself.”

Sean holds regular exhibits in his native North East and has been the subject of numerous BBC TV, Radio and Newspaper articles. He has also been proud to donate paintings and raise thousands of pounds in support of local and national charities. Each picture has an array of whimsical characters and references including a matchstick illustration of a policeman and a robber as a cheeky nod to his father’s exploits.