Sean, please tell us somehting about you
Initially inspired by graffiti from a young age, latterly moving into street art and graphic design, I’m (currently) into clean lines and bold colours. I’ve exhibited on walls (inside and outside) in London, Paris, Berlin and New York amongst others. I’m inspired by all kinds of things – logos, packaging design, football kits, you name it. It’s all out there for everyone, you just have to keep your phone in your pocket, your head up and your eyes open. My great, great, great grandfather was a founding member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Not sure what he’d make of my work to be honest…
What do you do and why?
As someone with a short attention span, I’ve found that spray paint, stencils and acrylic paint are mediums that allow me to express myself without getting frustrated. I generally get inspired by something, sketch an image in the pocket book, or snap something and put it on my Pinterest. Then when in front of a canvas I’ll measure it up, then just get amongst it. Sometimes it won’t work out how I envisioned it and I’ll paint over and start again, often doing something quite quickly, but these little bursts tend to make for the most exciting and interesting paintings.
How would you define your style?
At the moment it’s very clean, straight lines, bold colours, clear intentions. It’s a sort of structured minimalist style, but with maximum colours. Despite the straight lines in my work, where possible, I always like to paint freehand. It gives the painting a bit more life, and a bit of a ‘hum’, much like when you play around with the quantize when producing music, so that it has a bit more of a human feel rather than sounding like a robot played it. Always, always accompanied by music, more than likely reggae.
What are your goals from an artistic point of view?
My goal from an artistic point of view has always just been to express myself. It’s definitely a release and a nice place to go when sketching or painting.
What does being an artist mean to you?
It means freedom of mind, contentment at the ability to express myself, and also it feels good to carry on a bit of a family tradition.
Anything else you’d like to tell the readers?
Big up Hard Edger! Thanks for the support.
Sean Denny ★ Artist resume
Previously (and occasionally still) graffiti / street art guy who now regularly paints on canvas indoors. Minimal designs with maximum colours, with a little thought behind them. – Sean Denny
Thank you for your contribution, Sean.