Saltwater artist makes waves at his first exhibition

ABOVE: Sean Deaves with one of the seascapes he painted. Photo: Contributed

Susanna Freymark

At first Sean Deaves was feeling nervous about his first art exhibition in Evans Head tonight.

“I’ve never promoted my art or showcased it,” Sean said.

“We all have doubts.”

In the past 24 hours though, Sean’s mindset has changed.

Now I have no worries and am going with the flow, he said.

His seascapes will be for sale and range in price from $90–$1100.

A Sean Deaves artwork

The 31 year old artist grew up in Jervis Bay – Yuin country.

“My old man was a surfboard shaper,” Sean said.

“I’m a saltwater person. I’ve always lived close to the sea.”

Sean, his wife April and two children have lived in Evans Head for more than two years.

The lead-up to his first exhibition has been a “crazy journey”, he said.

He only started painting four years ago, and “got serious” about it 18 months ago.

It is mainly the sea he paints.

“It’s  a place of stillness where I can be present,” Sean said.

Sean works with young people recovering from trauma so the ocean and his painting studio re-energise him.

At tonight’s art show there will be Thai curries and beer.

Just Waves exhibition by Sean Deaves tonight, Friday, October 7, 5.30-8pm at Stray Espresso, 45 Woodburn St, Evans Head.

Any artists or musicians interested in exhibiting or performing at Stray can email

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