Originally from Blackpool, England, Sean moved to the United States with his parents at a young age. Having moved to Los Angeles to attend the prestigious ArtCenter College Design, Sean graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and went on to design concept cars at General Motors for two years.
In 1991, his interests moved to the film business where he has had a prolific career working on films for Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, Luc Besson and many more. He has worked as a Production Designer at George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic, James Cameron's Digital Domain, and as a Matte Painter at Rhythm and Hues Studios. His talent encompasses production design, concept design, illustration and photography.
He has worked on a diverse array of films such as Seven, Batman Forever, Heat, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, The Fifth Element, Shrek, Toy Story 2, Star Trek Beyond, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War and Star Wars Episode IX plus many others.
Sean's book Places was published in 2011 to great reviews. The book focuses on Sean's personal design work using cutting-edge software to express his ideas and showcasing them in lavish illustrations.
Sean has lectured at ArtCenter, Apple, Microsoft/Nokia Design Beijing, Otis College of Art and Design, The National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, The Beijing University of Technology, Jian Qiao University in Shanghai, and Siggraph.
He has won the AICP Award twice and has been nominated for four Art Director Guild Awards, winning one. His work is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City and has also been featured in MOMA's "Pixar: 20 Years of Animation" exhibition.