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Conversations with Sean Roach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sean Roach.

Hi Sean, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Prior to the dark days of Covid, I worked as an exotic animal handler in the entertainment industry and taught live wildlife programs to school kids for about 17 years. All the while, I have been making art, lots and lots, and lots of art. I come from a long line of illustrators. My grandfather and his brothers owned a well-respected graphic design company in LA, where they created the iconic logos of Tyco, Denny’s, and Knott’s Berry Farm, just to name a few. My cousin Gerald is the artist who created the famous AC/DC logo! So yeah, my love for art and OCD attention to detail is for sure genetic. Though I too was on the fast track to become an illustrator, I decided to carve my own path. And that path, working with animals, led me to some pretty wild places…. like under the desk of comedian Eric Andre’s desk with a tub full of giant rats! Haha! Once schools closed and productions stopped as a result of covid, I had to make a decision. Do I hold out and wait for things to open so I could resume my work as an animal handler or switch gears and start a new career as a full-time artist? The decision easy. Art it was!

After all, I had never stopped making art and was running out of space to store the things I had already made. So with a house already often described by friends as a low-key Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, and with galleries being forced to close their doors, my wife said “You should just turn our house into a secret gallery of your work. It already looks crazy and is the closest anyone will ever get to being able to step inside your head.” When she suggested the idea, I had already been collecting projectors to paint with light, brainstorming kinetic sculptures using slime, taking apart trash TVs (to build a robot), and been toying with the idea of converting a large walking closet into a glowroom able to capture shadows on the wall. Since Covid, I’ve primarily kept afloat selling paintings and prints through Instagram. While I look forward to connecting with galleries, I am continuing to work towards my secret art house vision, with hopes of opening my doors by appointment only this summer of 2020.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Most of the ideas that I try to bring to life have no blueprint to follow. Many of my finished pieces are the result of several previous attempts, where things didn’t go as planned. Sometimes these “mistakes” take me into a whole new direction, better than what I set out to accomplish in the first place. For this reason, I have learned to gladly risk a bumpy road in favor of a smooth ride.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I see art as not just something to hang on your wall but something you can live in. I paint, sculpt, and am up for the challenge of designing and fabricating just about anything. I work to design trippy spaces for trippy people and am known for creating custom pieces that are clean, bright, and colorful.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
My inspiration… The popularity of “Earth Tones” too often limits one’s surroundings, bound in a box with every shade of beige. However, when I think of the tones of the Earth, a seemingly endless array of color comes to mind! I think not only of the dirt but the fire opals hidden beneath, the beautiful flowers that work their way above, the colorful wings of a butterfly, feathers of birds, and scales of fish which swim amongst the electric colors of a coral reef. This is where my inspiration comes from.

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