Sean O’Keeffe is a practicing artist, filmmaker, teacher and writer. He works in a variety of mediums ranging from video, painting drawing and site specific sculpture.
Sean’s art practice has generally been a response to the environment he lives in and since 2005 has largely been a response to the environment of The Blue Mountains in NSW. He continues to travel regularly as part of his work and has exhibited both in Australia and Internationally.
Sean has work in the collections of a number of public institutions including the Grafton Regional Art Gallery, The Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, The Australian Centre for The Moving Image, and in private collections both in Australia and overseas.
In 2016 Sean and his co-creator Carolyn Eccles won the Fishers Ghost Art Prize for Photography.
As a writer Sean has written education support documents for a number of publications including Kaldor Projects: MOVE Video art in Schools. He often presents educational material at conferences and workshops for teachers.
In 2010 Sean co-wrote an art textbook, Making Art Connections, it was successfully published by McGraw Hill Publications and more recently Cengage Publishing.
In 2011 Sean was awarded a NSW Premier Teachers Research Scholarship, which enabled him travel to 7 countries in order to work with education providers in some of the worlds great art galleries. These have included The Whitney Museum, MOMA and Eyebeam in New York, The Centre for Possible Studies/Serpentine Galleries in London, The Centre Pompidou in Paris and The Castella De Rivoli in Rivoli Italy.
Since 2012 Sean has been part of an ongoing annual residency in Palo Alto California.
As a filmmaker Sean has worked extensively with young people teaching and producing a number of award winning films. He is a cofounder of Frogmouth Films which has produced a number of documentaries including The Flying Padre, The Drummer and the award winning film Knitting Nannas.