Sean Darby

Freelance Sculptor & Horror Artist

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Location:Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/seandarby
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I received my Master's Degree in Fine Art from The University of Michigan in 2011, with an emphasis in sculpture and drawing. My art is an expression of personal paranoia created in an aesthetic style similar to E.C. Comics, MADD Magazine, and retro animatronics: grotesque, yet playful. A major influence of mine are dark rides. I grew up near Pittsburgh, and would ride the numerous dark rides at Kennywood Amusement Park every summer. My favorite was Le Cachot created by Bill Tracy. I am currently a member of DAFE (Darkride And Funhouse Enthusiasts), and have gone on several outings and behind-the-scenes tours. Working in the dark ride industry has been a life-long dream of mine, and I am will jump at the opportunity to do so.

I am familiar with many different technical processes of sculpture:
-Metal working: TIG Welding, MIG Welding, ARCH Welding, bronze pouring
-Polymer clay sculpting: i.e. Super Sculpey molding and baking
-Plaster casting and subtractive sculpting
-Mold making using plaster, rubber, and algenate
-Basic mechanical techniques incorporating motors, motion sensors, simple electronics

I -like all of the other applicants for this position- am a horror movie aficionado, but what sets me apart is the academic research I have done into grotesque imagery. In addition to my art historical background, I have traveled to Rome, Florence, Paris, and throughout India documenting depictions of demons, Last Judgment/ Hell scenes, antique weaponry, and monster designs across cultures and time periods. I have amassed a visual library not found in movies, textbooks, or the Internet -making my aesthetic background and subsequent designs unique.

Thank you for your consideration, and I hope to hear back from you,

-Sean Darby

Below is my abridged resume; a full resume is available upon request.

ONLINE GALLERY

http://ponsonby-britt.deviantart.com/gallery/

EDUCATION

2008-2011 Master of Fine Arts Candidate at the University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts at Pennsylvania State University
Duel BFA in Sculpture and Painting departments
University Park, PA

ADDITIONAL EDUCATION

2011-Present Pittsburgh Filmmakers
16mm movie making, Final Cut Pro Editing, Photoshop, Digital Cel Animation
Pittsburgh, PA

2004 Art History Minor at Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA

EXHIBITION RECORD

2012 "Open Screening"
Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA

2011 “Stupid Ugly Portraits of Stupid Ugly Me: MFA Thesis Exhibition”
The Yellow Barn, Ann Arbor, MI

2010 “Standing Heat”
The Front, New Orleans, LA

2009 “8th Annual All Student Exhibition”
Art & Design Building, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2009 “madeINTERnationally”
Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2009 “FestiFools” parade performer
Ann Arbor, MI

2009 “In Order of Appearance… Work by First Year Art & Design Graduate Students”
Warren Robbins Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2006 “Visions and Voices of Sicily's Fables”
Penn State Downtown Theater, State College, PA

2006 “Sean Darby: A Retrospective in 2-D”
Patterson Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

2006 “Undergraduate Juried Exhibition” (curated by Marcia Tucker)
Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

2005 “Toy Show”
MF Gallery, New York City, NY

2005 “BFA Student Exhibition”
Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

2005 “2nd Annual Shop Hop”
Comic Swap, State College, PA

2004 “Undergraduate Juried Student Exhibition”
Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

2004 “Intermediate Painting Exhibition”
Sparks Building, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

2004 “Artist Books Exhibit”
Webster`s Book Store, State College, PA

2003 “BFA Student Exhibition”
Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

2009 Graduate Research Abroad in India
Ten weeks of self-directed study focusing on major temple sites in 19 cities
throughout the country

2005 The Pennsylvania State University's Summer Abroad Program in Todi, Italy
Seven week program studying Italian sculpture, painting, and architecture
from antiquity, to the Reniassance, to present day Post-Modernism

GRANTS

2011 “Smucker-Wagstaff Creative Work Research Grant”
Thesis research grant: $3,000

2011 “Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant”
Thesis research grant: $1,500

AWARDS

2006 “Undergraduate Juried Prize”
“Undergraduate Juried Exhibition” (curated by Marcia Tucker)
Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

2002 “Kenneth M. Kuhn Memorial Award for Visual Art “
Pennsylvania State University, Altoona, PA

RESEARCH

Art history
Amusement park dark rides
Grotesque humor
Traditional animation aesthetics
Retro exploitation and horror cinema
Vintage photographic technology
Skills (2) Rating
Sculpting
Horror Art