Seán O'Riordan
(Galway, IE)

Seán is an Irish artist whose practice encompasses sculpture, writing, graphic design, and digital-processes. They hold an MA from the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam (NL) where they graduated with a degree in Fine Art and Design and a BA from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin (IE) where they graduated with a degree in Fine Art.

Their practice revolves around the politics of perceptibility exploring issues of opacity and fragmentation through the lens of value, sexuality, magic, communication and language.
This is often done by examining linguistic, material, & sexual economies, attempting to reconcile issues of individual & collective Queer value. 

A topical interest is the ways historical systems, economies & societal roles are reflected in the present and brings together detailed handmade artefact & digital outcomes to generate both large and small scale works and installations.

Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam NL
MA Design & Fine Art
School of Visual Arts, New York USA
Diploma Graphic Design
National College of Art and Design, Dublin IE
BA Fine Art & Visual Culture, Joint Course (First Class Honours & Commendation)
Willem De Kooning Academy, Rotterdam NL
Fine Art, Erasmus Program (Distinction)
Galway Technical Institute, Galway IE
Art and Design Portfolio Preparation (Distinction)

Selected Exhibitions: 
  • Precious Effluent, Gallery Elipsus, Amsterdam NL, 2023
  • Soft Focus, Sandberg Design Graduation Show, WG Kunst, Amsterdam NL, 2023
  • One Minutes, W139, Amsterdam, NL, 2022
  • Window Texts, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Derry/London Derry, IE/UK, 2021
  • Recently Deleted, Torch On Felts, Dublin , IRE, 2019
  • Tender Zone, 323 Pulaski St, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 2019
  • This Way///That Way, Bardo Arts Centre, Western Carolina University NC, USA, 2017
  • Group Show, The RAMP Studios, Asheville NC, USA, 2017
  • Brainchild, 126 Artist-Run Gallery, Galway, IRE, 2017
  • Manifold, ArtLink, Donegal, IE, 2017
  • TESTING, Catalyst Arts, Belfast UK, 2017
  • NCAD Degree Show, NCAD, Dublin IE, 2016
  • Permanent Lake, NCAD Project Space, Dublin IE, 2016
  • Special Blend, Art Lacuna, London UK, 2015
  • All Systems Go, Fenixloods, Rotterdam NL, 2015
  • Romantic Land and Art Life, Steambox, Dublin IE, 2015
  • Ce Leis é, NCAD Gallery, Dublin IE, 2015
  • New Perspectives on Painting, JAJA Studios, Dublin IE, 2014
  • Escape Artists, Ennistymon, Co. Clare, IE, 2014
  • London Research Project, NCAD Gallery, Dublin IE, 2013

Collaborations, Workshops, Publications, Artist Talks, Prerss
  • Perpetual Stew (Publication), Amsterdam NL, 2024
  • Rhythm and Non-Sense with Meadhbh McNutt (Workshop), Galway Arts Centre, Galway IE, 2023
  • Issue 8 (Publication), Sandberg Instituut, NL, 2023
  • The Other Show, (Radio broadcast), Amsterdam, NL 2023
  • On Collective Reading, (performative reading group), Amsterdam, NL 2022
  • SDR96, Amsterdam, NL, 2022 (
  • Artist Talk, Western Carolina University Fine Art Department (guest speaker), NC USA, 2017
  • Irish Times Review, Aidan Dunne, IE 2016
  • We are Drifters, 126 Gallery and Studios, Galway IE, 2016 (co-producer and curator)
  • Recent Graduate Intern, 126 Gallery and Studios, Galway IE, 2016
  • Collaborative performance and zine produced as part of Emma Haugh’s exhibition, NCAD Gallery, Dublin, IE, 2016
  • ‘Re-appropriation of Sensuality’, performance & workshop with Emma Wolf-Haugh NCAD Gallery, Dublin, IE, 2016
  • Ce leis é and Systems Aesthetics (artist talk hosted by Dr. Francis Halsall), NCAD Gallery, Dublin, IE, 2015
  • Special Blend, (Publication),  Art LaCuna, London UK,  2015

  • Sandberg Instituut Research Trip, Marseille, FR 2023
  • Western Carolina University, North Carolina, USA, 2017
  • Escape Artists, Ennistymon, Clare, IE, 2014.
  • Toumeyrolles, Ganges, FR, 2013

Contact: seanoriordan6(at)

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