Sean Crawford


Sean Crawford lives on a two acre block on the edge of Carterton (Wairarapa) with wife Sharlene, daughter Trinity and son Cuban. From his purpose-built studio/workshop Sean creates sculptural works under inspirational views of the Tararuas.

Sean’s creative development took him from the plumbing trade in the suburban New Zealand landscape to experiencing wide European vistas during his OE - this awakened his desire and flair for art and design. Returning home to New Zealand, Sean put aside his trade and at the age of 30 made the decision to pursue years of study, gaining a Bachelor of Design with Honours (2003).

“I believe that the offsetting of old and new technology, processes and materials provide the challenge to extend perceived boundaries - boundaries which I’ll continue to explore in further exhibitions and commissioned works.” Sean employs distinctive materials such as galvanized or stainless steel and recycled native timbers, resulting in a unique style. Sean has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, with commissioned works held by New Zealand and overseas collectors. A high light of 2011 was the completion of a public work for the Auckland Airports new business and retail sector. Recent works also include a signature piece for Olivo in Martinborough and 'Nga Waka a Kupe' commissioned for Redbank Estate.

2003 Completed Design Degree (Honours) at Victoria University

2004 Solo Show - Strangers in the Landscape - Heart of Glass

2005 Group Show - Wine Country Gallery

2006 Solo Show - Cross Section - Aratoi Exhibition Space

2007 Spring Festival - Selected artist - Wellington Botanical Gardens

2008 People's choice award Waitakaruru Sculpture Park, Hamilton

2008 Men @ Work - Joint show with Jeff Thompson, Campbell Maud and Trevor Lamb - Expressions Arts Centre

2009 Festival of Flowers - Flora and Fauna Exhibition - Christchurch Botanical Gardens - One of six selected NZ sculptors

2010 Shape shifter, Essential New Zealand Sculpture

2010 NZ Sculpture Onshore - selected artist    2 - 14 November

2011 Accepted into 'The Sculptors Society' - New South Wales

2011 Commissioned work for Auckland International Airport

2012 Exhibited at Shape shifter, Essential NZ Sculpture

2012 Exhibition Fight or Flight, Form Gallery

2012 Exhibiting at Sculpture on the Shore, Auckland

'It is not the object that defines us - it merely implicates us'