"The Art Gallery to watch, 2017"

Sean Durkin

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Sean Durkin


When his father infamously stole a painting by LS Lowry, little did Sean Durkin think he would become an acclaimed artist himself.

In 1972, John Durkin stole a painting depicting St Hilda’s Church and 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.  Secondly the gallery should to be opened on Sundays and prices made more accessible to all and, thirdly, the Mayor should sell his underpants for charity!

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 a proud to donate paintings and raise thousands of pounds in support of local and national charities.

His growing band of collectors include national companies and well known personalities. Each picture has an array of whimsical characters including a matchstick illustration of a policeman and a robber in each work as a cheeky nod to his father’s exploits. Sean also now commissions exact copies of famous Lowry works which he signs with both Lowry’s and his own signature.

Seam has recently had one of his works exhibited alongside an original Lowry, a great honour. Unfortunately John, Sean’s father, passed away in November 2015.

Sean Durkin