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.
As an adult, his work has been exhibited, published, and sought after globally. His work has graced book covers, magazines, underground comic books and t-shirts. Most importantly, he’s used his work as a tool to help others.
Sean is currently a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, Emerging Leaders in the Arts- Buffalo (ELAB), and the Batavia Society of Artists.
Sean is also the winner of the 2018 ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD at Tim Slowinski’s Limner Gallery!
When he isn’t painting or drawing, he is playing 7-string jazz guitar with his acid jazz power trio, “FlashBamPow.”