Sean Hurley's drawings and prints examine the world with an unwavering eye for certainty and detail. Born in Connecticut in 1985, Hurley has been drawing since he was old enough to hold a crayon, and discovered printmaking during his second year of college at the University of New Hampshire, where he received his BFA in 2008. During his undergraduate years, Sean began exploring the industrial ruins of coastal New England and documented his travels in dozens of intaglio etchings, while working in the studio of renowned woodcut printmaker Don Gorvett. For several years he managed Gorvett's gallery and studio in Portsmouth, NH and later ran his own printmaking studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Eventually, Hurley departed New England for Indiana University, where he completed his MFA in printmaking in 2016.
Sean's work is well known among printmakers especially throughout the northeast, and can be found in dozens of private collections as well as the collections of the Boston Athenaeum, the University of New Hampshire Museum of Art, and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. Sean's work and his artistic relationship with Don Gorvett were featured in a major article in the widely circulated magazine “Art New England” and he was selected by the Boston Printmakers to lecture on his work at the 2012 biennial, juried by Jim Dine. His work is regularly exhibited in New York by Ebo Gallery and at The Old Print Shop, and in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, at Piscataqua Fine Arts. For 2016-2017 he was Artist-in-residence at the Stutz Business and Arts Center in Indianapolis, and completed a residency at Vermont Studio Center. After teaching for a year at Butler University in Indianpolis as Future Faculty Fellow, Sean is now lecturer at Valdosta State University in Georgia, where he teaches printmaking and foundations. Outside of his art and teaching duties, Sean can be found most weekends riding and racing road and cyclocross bicycles . Sean and his wife live in South Georgia with their leopard gecko Pepperoni, as well as a sizable collection of cacti and succulents.