Sean Madden has been drawing and painting since early childhood. He was heavily influenced as a teenager by surrealists such as Ernst Fuchs and Salvador Dali. When he was 16, he was lucky enough to be placed in a fine arts apprentice program in downtown Buffalo, NY. While there, he learned how to use color and light as tools of dynamic expression. At this time (1978), he was also very influenced by psychedelic-era artists Robert Crumb, Robert Williams and S. Clay Wilson-- all of whom were the original artists responsible for ZAP Comics. The unapologetic level of expression of these artists appealed to Sean instantly and opened his mind up to new creative possibilities.
It was also at this time that Sean developed an understanding of the therapeutic qualities, and also the political power of art. He vowed early on to stay true to his psycho-representative and iconoclastic temperament as an artist--- and he's lived up to this vow throughout his career as an artist.
THIS VOW HAS 2 CONSEQUENCES:
1. Victory Against Opposition and Ignorance:
If we create uniquely, freely and directly from our pyche, we will experience opposition. If our creations challenge authority and the general status quo---- we will be hated by monochromatic Ordinarians. I've had this happen, and I join a long list of creative boundary pushers in the history of the arts who've had the same struggle: Ginsberg, The Beatles, Lenny Bruce, Ornette Coleman, Frank Zappa--- the list is too large to continue, and you get my point. It's part of the deal if you're doing something new.
It has been said that all artists must suffer for their craft. I will soon be sharing many exciting tales of my battles with society because of my artwork. We have to be tough and stand against them.
2. Love, Truth, Beauty and Universal Belonging:
Young art fans approach me at shows and hug me. They thank me for inspiring them to stretch their creative boundaries as far as they can. They ask for technical advice about their paintings. I freely and gladly share it. People stop me on the street to tell me about my art on their walls-- where they have it, what people's reactions are. These people are alive and amazing and turned on, and I see them in the audience when I play with FlashBamPow-- their heads and legs are boppin' to the beat because they get it. They understand what I'm doing, and I feel their love. I'm creating images and sound that wake people up and turn them on. This is where I belong, and it's what I do. I am so incredibly lucky to have this gift.
It is far more important to me to create authentic art and music from my soul than to submit to opposition.
My work has been exhibited, published, and sought after globally as book covers, magazines, underground comic books and t-shirts. Most importantly, I've used my work as a tool to help others.
I'm currently a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, and Emerging Leaders in the Arts- Buffalo (ELAB).
I'm also the winner of the 2018 ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD at Tim Slowinski's Limner Gallery!
When not painting or drawing, I'm playing 7-string jazz guitar with my acid jazz power trio, "FlashBamPow."