Sebastian Moody was born in Sydney in 1979 and currently lives and works in Brisbane. He completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Queensland University of Technology (2001) and a Master of Museum Studies at The University of Queensland (2009).
Sebastian has been creating artworks in the public realm professionally since 2002 and is perhaps best known for large-scale text works that have appeared on vehicular underpasses and building walls. However Moody ’s text-based works have also appeared in a diversity of public and private locations including swimming pools, personals ads, kitchen splashbacks, coffee cup ‘interventions’, hang gliders and as shopping receipt ‘portraits’ – elsewhere his messages have manifested as idealised physical environments. Moody says of his work.
Through these works I try to provide opportunities for philosophical contemplation in busy urban environments. The text works are designed to respond to the context they are created in and to be memorable enough to stay in the minds of the viewer. Public artworks have a responsibility to engage the public in positive ways and are often in high-visitation, vehicular, or pedestrian-traffic zones so the text is concise and digestible for people who will only experience the work for small periods of time.
Somewhat equal parts gravitas and humour, Sebastian’s projects have appeared at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Museum of Contemporary Art (Australia), Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Splendour in the Grass, Next Wave Festival 2008, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Bundaberg Arts Centre, Queensland Art Gallery, Livid Festival, Kings ARI, Museum of Brisbane, The Goodwill Bridge, The Queensland University of Technology Art Museum and Southbank Parklands.
Photo: Alanna McTierman. Courtesy of Brisbane City Council.
Sebastian Moody The Magician Exhibition 2016 Photo: Mick Richards
Sebastian Moody and Markwell Presents, Younger than a Millionaire, (Writing on the Walls project) 2012, public digital projection, Queensland Performing Arts Complex, 10.00 mins. Photo: Sean Young.
Sebastian Moody, When life stops being life and becomes meaning, 2011, adhesive vinyl. Photo: Carl Warner.
Sebastian Moody, Built under the sun, 2002, synthetic polymer paint, 2.5 x 27 metres. Photo: courtesy of the artist.
Sebastian Moody, Think bigger, 2009, synthetic polymer paint on concrete. Photo: Sam Scoufos.