Artist Spotlight: Sebastian Sweatman

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In the days leading up to Craftproducers Autumn Arts Festivals, we will be profiling a few of the participating Exhibitors in this space. If you are an Exhibitor and you would like to see your information here, email amanda@craftproducers.com.

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Sebastian Sweatman is a contemporary American painter who lives and works in Stowe, Vermont. He works with acrylic on canvas, paper and wood. Sebastian was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and paints in a self-taught, expressionist manner.

We asked Sebastian a few questions about his work…

When people ask you what you “do”, how do you answer?
I paint large canvases.

What mediums do you work with?
Acrylic paint on canvas, paper and wood.

How would you describe your subject matter? 
In the past I focused on figures and faces. 2013 marks a transition for me to mainly abstract subject matter.

What are you trying to communicate with your art?
My current paintings are about life. I try to use color, form and position to portray feelings, issues and relationships.

What do you want your work to accomplish?
I have always had difficulty expressing myself with words. I want my work to convey ideas that I would otherwise not be able to communicate.

What are you most proud of?
I feel like I am making good progress towards expressing interesting and important ideas in my art.

How long have you been exhibiting at Arts Festivals?
6 or 7 years.

How many shows do you do each year?
I am planning to do at least 2 Craft Fair type events per year.

How long have you exhibited with Craftproducers?
3 or 4 years.

What aspect of Festival life do you most enjoy?
As a painter I do not get enough feedback on my paintings. I am interested in any and all feedback.

Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
I don’t recall the exact ‘a-ha moment’. I feel like I have always been creating something, even if the result was not a physical thing.

Which creative medium would you love to pursue but have not?
Large scale installations that don’t require energy, are interesting to look at and change based on some variable. I have some specific thoughts and would like to collaborate on a idea/project in the Burlington area.

Do you have a designated Studio? How does this space inspire or contribute to your creative process?
I have had a studio space of some sort for the past 10 years. I currently am painting in my garage. I do like the garage setup mainly because of the proximity to my family. But low ceilings are tricky with larger works and I am planning to build a painting barn nearby.

What is the best advice you ever received about how to be more creative?
Don’t give up on art.

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Sebastian Sweatman will be Exhibiting at the Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival in Manchester VT, October 4-6.
You can find his work online at www.sebastiansweatman.com or on his instagram feed.

 

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