Sean Barnes is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. He earned his BFA in painting from the University of Kansas at Lawrence and received a MFA in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR. He actively exhibits his work in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, and has been awarded commissions and contracts with state and regional arts organizations. Barnes is a co-founder of the Kuskokwim Art Guild, a non-profit arts organization fostering the careers and education of artists in Southwest Alaska. He served on the Alaska State Council on the Visual Arts Advisory Committee and as board member of the Bethel, Alaska Arts Council. He currently serves on the Petersburg, Alaska Arts Councils. Barnes has been an artist in residence at Caldera – Sisters, Oregon, and several school districts within Alaska.
Sean Barnes’ richly textured assemblage paintings and sculptures represent topographies of the human condition and the natural world addressing aspects of mixing ecologies. Barnes draws inspiration from ecological theory, environmental philosophy, literature, and archeology to generate artifacts suggestive of a post-human era – evidence of an epoch of global, environmental human impact.