Canadian born, Winnipeg based painter Sean William Randall’s dynamic oeuvre depicts a man whose brilliant colour sensibility coupled with incisive awareness has made him one of Canada’s most interesting painters working today. In 1992 Randall left his career as an architect to dedicate himself to painting; this brash confidence is evinced in his work where one minute he demonstrates a profound love for Canadian landscape painting and the next moment setting the tradition on fire by painting flaming cars streaking across the pastel prairie sky. His work invokes meta-cycles concerning image inundation and the way these images function in our subconscious and mediate our experiences as citizens of the 21st century.

By re-appropriating nostalgic imagery through combination and juxtaposition, Randall continues to elaborate on the subject of how we relate to history in the present day. Offering a realistic point of access into an absurd scene in which the familiar is made to feel foreign describes a sentiment of nostalgic longing from an inability to resolve our present selves with our past. This series speak to a sense of wonderment and disbelief that forgone events ever occurred, and about the ensuing anxiety when we are unable to grasp and preserve them.

Technology has made old images equally accessible as recent ones, causing a rift in historical context whereby the medium of digital information flattens time and space. Randall’s concern with these current themes in his paintings ultimately point to the very mechanisms that underlies the act of painting itself, an attempt to freeze the moments, memories and pieces of ourselves in time; even if it is all on fire and hurtling across the sky.


Certain Ratio

Acrylic on panel
48″ x 36″



Acrylic on panel
40″ x 30″



Acrylic on panel
40″ x 30″



Acrylic on panel
40″ x 40″



Acrylic on panel
48″ x 36″


Thin Air

Acrylic on panel
40″ x 40″


University of Manitoba (1987)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 “Some Roads”, Ian Tan Gallery (December 2015- January 2016)
2012 “Twenty Paintings”, Nouveau Gallery, Regina, SK
2011 “Prairie Mix Up”, Rogue Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2008 “New Paintings”, Rogue Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
2007 “Planes and Elevations”, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON
“New Paintings”, Keystone Gallery, Calgary, AB
1998 “Borrealisms: Life in the Boreal Forest”, Grand Marais, MN, USA
1995 Media Centre Exhibit, World Nordic Ski Championship, Thunder Bay, ON

Group Exhibitions

2016 Summer Group Show, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2015 Winter Group Show, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2012 “Introductions”, Christine Klassen Gallery, Calgary, AB
2010 “Building Pride: Saskatchewan Roughriders Centennial Exhibitions”, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK
2008 “New Artists”, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, SK
2007 “New Visions of Landscape”, Keystone Gallery, Calgary, AB
2005 “Alberta Landscapes”, Image 54 Gallery, Calgary, AB
2000 “Northern Contours” juried group show, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON
1998 “Tweed Contemporary Artists Series”, Tweed Museum and Art Gallery, Duluth, MN, USA
1997 “Sea Change”, Vancouver, BC
1996 Summer Survey, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON
1991 Vancouver Annual Juried Exhibition, Vancouver, BC

Commissions and Donations

Commission, Canada House – Canadian High Commission, London, UK (2014)
Four paintings were selected by the Canadian High Commission and translated to handmade carpets for the High Commissioner’s office, Deputy High Commissioner’s office, and the MacDonald Room.
Commissioned Sculpture, Neyes Provincial Park Interpretative Centre, ON (2011)
Commission, Robbins Pavilion, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton, AB (2009)
Commission, SaskTel on the occasion of their 100th anniversary, Regina, SK (2007)
Commissioned sculptural seating, “Bench at Bay”, Pigeon River Park-Ontario Parks, ON (2002)
Commissioned sculpture, Island Drive Bridge, Thunder Bay, ON (2002)
Commissioned sculpture, Pennock Creek Trail Butterfly Garden, Thunder Bay, ON (2001)
Commissioned sculpture, City of Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay, ON (2000)
(Short-listed) Commission, Vancouver AIDS Memorial Competition, Vancouver, BC (1996)


The Co-operators Group Limited
Aon Reed Stenhouse Inc.
Deloitte Canada
Cenovus Energy
The Mosaic Company
Virtus Group
Lakehead University
Angel Entertainment
City of Regina
Robbins Pavilion, Royal Alexandra Hospital
Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club
Suncor Energy
Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS)
Ontario Parks
Government of Ontario
Cyrville Chrysler
Weiler, Maloney, Nelson, Barristers and Solicitors
North Star Mercedes Benz
Saint Joseph’s Care Group
The Lakehead Motors Limited
Victoria Inn
City of Thunder Bay
London Motor Cars