Sean Hennessey considers himself lucky to have known two of his great-grandparents and to have been raised by his maternal grandparents in Northern New Jersey. For him, it provided a deep appreciation for history, a respect for wisdom and age, and a wonder for things far outside of his own experiences. With a sheet metal worker and an avid fisherman for a grandfather, Hennessey grew up with the influences and appreciation for working with his hands and getting himself dirty. He grew up with the tales of how things used to be, stories of times before electricity, before television, stories of the World Wars during quite peaceful fishing trips with his grandfather.
Growing up 30 miles outside New York City, Hennessey was also a huge fan of the American Museum of Natural History and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was during the exhibit of the Treasures of Tutankhamun at The Met, when Hennessey decided he wanted to become an artist.
Hennessey went on to study Sculpture with a minor in Philosophy at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky.
He also spend a summer studying art in Florence Italy and traveling across Europe. After college, Hennessey began work as a Set Builder and Scenic Artist at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. After a stint on an organic farm, working briefly as an electrician, working with a beekeeper, a short time being homeless with some long wandering road trips and a lot of camping, Hennessey took a job as the painter and sculptor for the Prop Shop at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC.
Hennessey is currently a full time artist, primarily working in Glass with combinations of paint, video, concrete, and light. His work is represented by Habatat Galleries, The William and Joseph Gallery, and Alida Anderson Project. He has pieces in the US Art in Embassy Program, The Collection of the City of the District of Columbia, and in the Amazon Web Services Collection. He has created public art pieces for the Library of Congress, The Howard Theatre, and the Aquallino Cancer Center.
Most recently, Hennessey has Co-founded and maintains a studio at The Otis Street Arts Project, a small art center in Mount Rainier, MD. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.