Sean Hillen was born in Newry in 1961, having studied at Belfast College of Art, London College of Printing and at the Slade School London, Hillen first became known for photomontage works based on his own photos of the Irish ‘Troubles’.
His 1990s series ‘IRELANTIS’ became part of the cultural landscape, featuring on the covers of books, magazines and journals accross the country, and has been the subject of academic study.
He has executed commissions including video, stage design, advertisements, title graphics and permanent sculpture.
He was co-designer of the Omagh Bomb Memorial.
His work is in the Irish State collection, in the permanent collections of the Imperial War Museum (permanent exhibition), the Newry & Mourne Museum (permanent exhibition forthcoming), and Wolverhampton Museum, and in the collections of Allied Irish Bank, the ECB, Irish Central Bank, Citigroup, Swiss Re., BBC and Microsoft.
Sean Hillen is also represented by Oliver Sears Gallery