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Taylor III Painting

Sean Ward

United States

Painting, Acrylic on Wood

Size: 24 W x 24 H x 1.5 D in

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About The Artwork

“Fading Identities” is an homage to the individuals of our past and present, who may not always be there as a picture-perfect image in your mind, but rather, as a general image of their identity. This is not something that is intentioned to occur, but it is just a process of being human and having fragments, or pieces, of these memories unavailable for recollection. Throughout the past several decades, there have been psychologists studying cognitive ability that have defined the two primary memory systems in the human mind. There is a short-term memory, or “working” memory that holds information about just a few things that are currently on the individual’s mind, but only for a temporary period. Then, there is a long-term memory that can hold immense amounts of information gained through the individual’s lifetime of thoughts and experiences. Each of these memory systems vary in the capable extent of the amount of detail that can provide to the individual. Working, or short-term, memory provides very detailed mental images about a few things that have been on the individual’s mind. While long-term memory is about providing a vast assortment of numerous details, but all to a less crystal-clear image, which the memories, based on their experiences and sights, might seem fuzzy to the viewer. Over time, it is inevitable that the memories begin to fade from their crystal-clear beginnings, and that is where science comes into play again. The information capacity of human memory has an important role in cognitive and neural models of memory, recognition, and categorization, because these process models implicitly or explicitly make claims about the level of detail stored in the individual’s memory. Detailed short-term representations allow more computational flexibility because they enable processing at task-relevant levels of abstraction, but this is traded off with the amount of additional storage available in the mind. We cannot always encode the details of these images perfectly, yet the human mind is a wonderful tool that consistently is able to interpret pieces of a memory and shape these mental forms into a successful recollection of the thought. Much like this process of memory, the façade of celebrity status is held on to in the same way. Whilst the celebrity is focused on by society the image remains clear, but as time progresses, the number of images of such celebrity flashing before the eyes of the viewer begins to dwindle. Over time, that celebrity’s image might fade, but pieces will always remain. Those pieces, like long-term memories, are preserved in the mind and in these paintings which thusly help keep the supports of our society alive within the mind. Fading Identity portraits are made with 20 editions, each different from each other in coloration, but the same in design.

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Painting:Acrylic on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:24 W x 24 H x 1.5 D in

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Sean Christopher Ward is an interdisciplinary artist focusing his efforts of painting in the style of op art, with major influences from Masters of the movement, like Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely, who utilize flat design to create depth and kinetic movement through strict hard edges and the utilization of masterfully placed colors side by side or next to negative space in order to keep the works constantly moving within the optics of the viewer. Now extending past the singular flat plane, he has expanded to multi-plane artworks in which each level is hand painted or left without paint and it allows the perception of the paint coming off the canvas to envelop the viewer within the work itself with the high-gloss nature of resin. The process sounds traditional, but it begins in the digital realm of Adobe Digital Suite to create the design of the works first and foremost, to achieve ultra-crisp and planned results, then transitioning into the traditional realm of hand painting all the fields of colors onto the individual layers of the painting. This process sounds overwhelming, it has become common practice for Sean’s works and you can see the commitment to excellence through the weeks of time it takes to complete each individual piece. With works in 613 permanent and private collections spanning 10 countries, including France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the US Virgin Islands, the works are expanding into more countries throughout the world as each year progresses. Notable works in private collections include The Center for Women’s Wellness, Universal Studios Japan, Elton John, Bob Dylan, The Pixies and the ICT Pop-Up Park.

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