Sean Cain paints the classical figure with a modern surrealist approach. His figures, rendered with fine technical skill and draftsmanship, strike unusual poses that are placed within unexpected settings. Captured in the midst of tightly cropped or panoramic landscapes, the figures are engaged in their own dreamlike dramas. This surreal juxtaposition emphasizes their isolation and self-awareness. The work has qualities of both humor and irony as the viewer becomes voyeur, pressed to consider the dilemmas of the characters Cain portrays. The beauty of Sean Cain's figures, besides being superbly drawn, lies in their heroic and enigmatic presence.
A graduate of the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1994, Sean Cain also studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. Cain has been in several exhibitions at the Laura Russo Gallery. His work has also been included in group exhibitions at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, and the Portland Art Museum, in Oregon.