«Nature doesn’t lie. We do»
Who is Sean Cheetham?
Unlike most “paint bosses” who taught at Menorca Pulsar, Sean Cheetham does not paint every day. For him, it works better to alternate between different activities, creating great stuff at each of them.
Sean Cheetham is a simple guy who likes to play hockey, Magnum PI, Star Wars, playing guitar, shaking whips and forging knives. By the way, he can paint an entire exhibition as well as illustrate a publication, or make a tattoo… And the damn bastard (no offense, we love you, Sean, though we’re green with envy) can overcome the “unfocused syndrome” and do it all reasonably well, or very well, even incredibly well.
As he says —and he doesn’t joke— “…it seems that resting makes me no good.”
And, what’s best for us: to top it all, he’s an amazing teacher. One who works his ass off because he loves what he does, who is generous and has no secrets from anyone. One of those formidable creatures in danger of extinction. A teacher with whom you want to have a beer after washing the brushes.
Sean Cheetham long interview @ Menorca Pulsar Podcast
We should blame Erik Tiemens, the genius artist that worked on Star Wars concept, who in those days was Cheetham’s cousin’s boyfriend. Sean saw how he painted a
Erik Tiemens’ work inspired him so much that, being twenty, he moved to Los Angeles for studying art. He was very lucky and had Michael Hussar as a teacher, who opened up his eyes and his heart to oil painting. Besides that, his luck did not end and met Clayton brothers in the classrooms.
But his huge talent has nothing to do with luck, no way. Sean has a clear vision: working hard is the most important thing, as well as avoiding distractions. Inside his studio he’s 100% concentrated, and when outside of it he’s 100% receptive.
Maybe he didn’t get to work for Star Wars, but he managed to make George Lucas himself to choose him for participating in his Star Wars Visions book. Besides that, he was commissioned by Carrie Fisher, who welcomed him at her place with her laser saber on. That’s it, my friends, Princess Leia herself welcomed him waving her laser saber.
Despite being so young, Sean Cheetham has a solid reputation among art collectors in South California. His exhibitions are usually sold out and he gets important commissions, which he combines with teaching, teaching his students how to paint human figure precisely, style and a well-aimed dramatic touch.