Born 1967 in Trenton, New Jersey, Sean Poreda is a working artist in San Francisco, CA. His professional training includes architecture, fine art bronze foundry, metal fabrication, modeling and enlarging, product design, media and photography. This site is about metal, which the artist has been casting since 1993. Intrigued by the durability and longevity of the medium and its traditional use as a vehicle for themes of historic resonance, Sean explores contemporary currents via experimentation with casting materials and processes. A skilled draftsman, clay and wax modeler, fabricator, tig welder and metal finisher, he creates both one-of-a-kind pieces and series, and works comprehensively from miniature to monumental.
Sean has drawn inspiration from diverse sources including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Leonardo da Vinci, Francesco Borromini, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Alberto Giacometti, Francis Bacon, Mark Rothko, Gerhard Richter, Paul Virilio, Jean Baudrillard, "indigenous" and "outsider" art and others.
An idea first emerges in writings and sketches, then to modeling in cardboard, wax, clay, plaster or other materials, engaging the characteristics of the materials to develop the form. A piece is finished in bronze, aluminum or other metals through both lost wax and sand cast methods. Some are finely finished, others are left raw, and others retain certain traces of the production process in the final piece. Ideas, materials and methods coalesce over time and are bound and inscribed in the work.
Sean Poreda Studio production is independent and experimental. New series are released as they are completed. The works featured are available. Each casting is made to order, finished, numbered and signed by the artist. Thank you for visiting the website. Please feel free to contact the studio.