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 and 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.
Born in 1963 in Burton on Trent. Seamus 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.
- 2008 won the People’s choice award at The National Sculpture Competition at Liverpool’s Bluecoat 2 gallery.
- 2013 shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize at The Mall galleries for “Urban Burka”.
- “Harness” won best of show at the Passion for Freedom festival at the Embassy tea gallery in 2014 and has since been displayed at Royal Armouries sites including a three-month residency at The Tower of London.
- ”Decade” won best installation award at the NOAC in 2106.
- Seamus is featured in the book: The State of Art - Sculpture & 3D #2