“Paintings hold secrets, universal truths about the human condition are embedded intogreat works of art… Love, sex, and death… it’s all there…” – Noah Charney
What if viewers could have been present to witness the moments that prompted VanGogh topaint his Starry Night or Da Vinci to add the enigmatic twist to Mona Lisa’s smile? Canvasing the World invites viewers to witness the genesis of inspiration – the birthof concept and ideas – in the life and travels of a leading professional painter.Hosted by renowned artist, Sean Diediker, the show takes viewers on a journey aroundthe world to explore the process of artistic creation and reveal the people and placesthat spark the imaginations of artists and ultimately lead to the creation of arttoday.
Part travelogue, part documentary – a modern-day marriage of Jack Kerouac’s On the Roadand Anthony Bourdain’s popular television series, No Reservations – Canvasing the Worlddetails Diediker’s quest to explore the interplay between art and the human condition.Each episode employs a variety of documentary modes in order to highlight the evolutionof Diediker’s creative process in a compelling, easily understandable way.Observation, interaction, direct interviews, voiceovers, and sensory ambiance arecarefully edited and crafted to reveal the narrative behind a piece of art as it isbeing created. When is the exact moment of inspiration? How does Diediker translatethis inspiration into a finished piece of art? Canvasing the World explores theartist’s creative expression from its inception to its culmination, ending each episodewith a finished piece of art.
Along the way, viewers see and interpret the world through the eyes of an artist.Diediker and his team investigate the history and personality of each location theyvisit: interviewing local residents, navigating streets and sights, sampling localfares, and showcasing the social and cultural characteristics unique to each place.This essential backstory tells the narrative of a location while surreptitiously revealing the profound effects of a place – and its muses – on the overall creative process.
Diediker is a leading artist whose work appears in museums and galleries around theworld. He has been widely commissioned, including recent work for the Obama Administration. Diediker recently published a book called The Wax Onion: The Art ofSean Diediker, and he has received recognition from NBC, CBS, Fox News, and the BBC.
Production: Opera Garden Studios & Royer Studios