Sean Diediker is a painter’s painter. His sweeping, faceted brushstrokes and painterly surfaces generate works that reveal the artist’s sensitivity to his medium and attention to the act of painting itself. Diediker assembles bold colors, chiaroscuro, and a cutting-edge sense of design to create a highly original body of work that separates him from his contemporaries. His work in portraits, still lives, landscapes, and combined forms are balanced and timeless, tied together by a solid sense of form and compositional structure.
“I enjoy the whole creative process, taking an idea and constructing a painting around it,” says Diediker, whose father is a general contractor. “I feel paint much in the same way that my father would erect a building, putting deep thought into planning and careful design… Step by step, layer upon layer until the work is done and ready to stand on its own.”
Diediker has expanded his artistic repertoire in a variety of other creative endeavors that highlight his expressive vision and reaction to subject and medium. In 2010, Diediker released a 224 page, full color book called The Wax Onion: The Art of Sean Diediker, which showcases his larger body of work and details his work in the encaustic medium. “I became interested in the encaustic medium because it seemed like a natural extension of my love for creating interesting surfaces,” says Diediker. Upon completion of his encaustic series, Diediker returned to painting, devoting his attention to the Blue Series. “I approached the series as a means to explore the nuanced effects of color on a viewer’s perception and interpretation,” says Diediker. “The collective body of paintings in the series allowed me the creative liberty to explore various forms of application while still achieving a pleasing, unifying cohesion through the tonalist use of the color blue.” His most recent endeavor uses dollar bills, which Diediker folds and manipulates to create striking images. His work has been commissioned by the Obama administration and received attention from several news outlets, including NBC, CBS, Fox News, and the BBC. “I really enjoy the vast array of mark-making that suggest an image but are still paint,” says Diediker.
Diediker’s passion for art extends into the video realm as well. He travels frequently and is currently producing a television show called Canvasing the World, which depicts the subjects and people who most inspire him. Each episode follows a piece of Diediker’s art from its inception to its completion. His video reportage catalogs and creates a collective “journal” of the interchanges he shares with those he meets. “I’m interested in the synergy that occurs during the creative process. It binds me with my subjects, and serves as a time capsule of sorts. Each work is a lasting symbol of the evolution that occurs through simple human interactions and shared experiences.”
Diediker is a native of Southern California having grown up in Newbury Park. Regardless of where he finds himself, Diediker places great importance on the effects of the environment around him. “I enjoy subjects that are tangible to me,” he says. “You might say my work is directly affected by where I’m living: the people, the landscape, the things I see everyday. I enjoy observing the stimulus and reaction of different human situations. Environment should affect an artist’s work; if it doesn’t, you’re painting decorations.”