Sean Landers

born 1962


Sean Landers (born 1962) is an American artist. He is best known for using his personal experience as public subject matter and for utilizing diverse styles and media in a performative manner. Through the use of painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, writing, video and audio, regardless of the medium he chooses, he reveals the process of artistic creation through humor and confession, gravity and pathos. He blurs the lines between fact and fiction, reality and fantasy, sincerity and insincerity, while presenting a portrait of the artist’s consciousness. The twin strategies of personal material and formal multiplicity allow him to infiltrate his viewers’ consciousness with raw truths about contemporary society, and the art world in particular, frankly and fearlessly. A collateral effect is the viewers’ identification with the artist, which allows for a deeper understanding of themselves and their humanity.

The journey from the early autobiographical work of the 1990s—yellow legal pad drawings featuring the fictional artist Chris Hamson—to the reclaiming of the persona by Landers's own voice is the focus of a monograph published by JRP|Ringier, and released in the fall of 2011 to accompany a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

Landers lives and works in New York City and is represented by Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York, International Art Objects in Los Angeles, greengrassi in London, Taka Ishii Gallery in Tokyo and Galerie Rodolphe Janssen in Brussels.

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