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Sean Starwars

Sean Starwars

Profile Location
Laurel , MS

Sean Star Wars lives in Laurel, Mississippi with his wife and five young children.  Sean earned his MFA in Printmaking from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and his BFA from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. In addition to making woodcuts for over twenty-five years, Sean has been an Adjunct Professor, a janitor and a used car salesman. Sean currently works fulltime as a printmaker and exhibits in solo and group exhibitions nationally and has contributed to numerous print exchange portfolio collaborations.  He has been a visiting artist at Otis College of Art & Design in LA, Florida State University Jacksonville, University of North Dakota Fargo, University of Montana Missoula, University of Wisconsin Madison, and many other leading art programs. His work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Spencer Museum at the University of Kansas, New Orleans Museum of Art, the Kennedy Museum at Ohio University, HF Johnson Art Museum Cornell University, The Print Center Philadelphia.   Star Wars’ work can be seen on book covers, album covers, magazines, television programs, films and commercials. 

Sean’s woodblock prints match his aggressive approach to image making, capturing his energy in the carving and use of striking color.  He stages a cast of characters that include alligators, King Kong, robots, aliens and other inventions for satirical and funny stories. He is currently embarking on his most challenging project ever, a woodcut a week “FOR LIFE”.  Sean drinks more Mountain Dew than anyone who has ever lived, and he can beat you at Ms. Pacman.

Artist Statement

I choose the format of the large scale color woodcut because it best suits my energy charged, caffeine induced, aggressive approach to image making.
Charles Bukowski, Ms Pacman, Phillip Guston and Neil Blender are among my influences. Somewhere along the way, I realized that I could accomplish my goals as an artist without enslaving myself to the meticulous obsessions of “traditional” printmaking. I don’t slow down to make perfect drawings or to finesse my color registration. I hammer out the carvings and blast out the prints, and move on to the next print, the next day. My primary concern is to create a strong visual infused with a sense of satirical humor, in other words I like to tell funny stories using funny pictures.


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