100 x 100 cm | 37 x 37 in
Original mixed media painting on canvas.
"The painting was created in layers of colour that were built up and covered by gestural drawing and detailing (charcoal, graphite etc.) Deconstruction playing a big part in the overall effect, I wanted to create an aesthetic that was both challenging and expressive for a modern audience, brave yet alluring in its demeanour."
Describing his artistic approach as 3-D collage, the multidisciplinary artist Sean Madden explores and creates elemental hybrids that culminate in powerful sculptural forms. Constructing small-scale sculptures, Madden counteracts their modest size with signals of power, vigour and strength, taking heed from cartoonish figurines, aerodynamic principles and historical symbols of fortitude and tenacity.
Exploring both the medium as much as the subject matter, Madden presents his bronze-cast statuettes often in a rough, textured finish, implying an Expressionist emphasis of the material and surface as seminal to the oft-imposing forms. With titles that range from Epic to Supernature, Madden’s work is an embrace of the fearless and brave.