100 x 70 cm | 39 x 27 in
Original painting in mixed media on canvas.
"An intense and visceral abstract study loosely based on the form of a swan. I wanted to explore the concept of aesthetics and what makes something beautiful. Does a painting need to be aesthetically pleasing to be successful? If so what is being lost or compromised by the artist? Influences include Motherwell, Kline, De Kooning and Twombly."
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.