In his mixed-media sculptures, paintings, prints, and drawings, Sean Mellyn sends up Americana, drawing largely from 1950s advertising imagery to present a twisted vision of American ideals. He is particularly interested in the saccharine vision of the American national character reflected in kitschy objects and advertisements, which he both mimics and mocks. Through deliberate oversimplification, airbrushed surfaces, and a Technicolor palette, Mellyn produces works that look like relics from the 1950s. Apple-cheeked children, cartoon characters, ham hocks, and decorative plates are among the subjects he disturbingly alters.
Mellyn’s work has been shown in numerous U.S. and international exhibitions and is included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art among others.
Courtesy of Michael Steinberg Fine Art