Sean Fannin was born in 1976 in Southend on sea in the UK and grew up on Canvey Island in Essex with his parents and two sisters Samantha and Natalie. His father Geoffrey Fannin owns a successful industrial painting company. Sean followed in his father's footsteps and formed his own building company ' Fannin Contracts. His mother, Jacqueline Fannin, is a published poet and still actively writes. Fannin was keen on sport at school, but his interest was always art which his mother encouraged.
After school Fannin briefly attended an art college in Southend. After few months Fannin lost interest, feeling the teachers had less interest in art than the students. He sought work at the London Stock Exchange. However he didn't last long in the world of finance. He left the exchange and began delivering electrical goods for a local company. Shortly thereafter, he joined his father's painting company for a number of years. Several years later, Fannin returned to creating artwork on canvas. On a whim, he posted his work on a popular public site. His work quickly achieved popularity among art aficionados. This burgeoning interest led to a website, exhibitions, and publications.
Fannin's first exhibit was during the 2009 finals of the National Open Art - Duke of Richmond Award in Chichester. Subsequently, his work sold around the world and was featured on the cover of American writer John Lee Brook's Blood In, Blood Out: The Violent Empire of the Aryan Brotherhood
The interviewer ' yours truly ' sat down with the artist to find out more about him.
Randall Radic: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sean Fannin: To be thought well of and acknowledged by family, friends and my peers.
RR: What is your greatest fear?
SF: The safety of my family and friends. I would protect them at all costs, but can't watch them all the time ' it worries me.
RR: Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Art title: "Paranoid Lesbian Goldfish" - UK artist Sean Fannin, born October 25, 1976, had a keen interest in art from a very young age, he started successfully painting in 2005 and by 2006 worked in his studio/home at Southend-on-Sea until relocation in 2011. | Photo: Randy Radic | Link | Sean Fannin, Artist, Abstract, Art, Industrial,
SF: Christopher Columbus, he was told if you sail too far you might fall off the side of the earth... so he tried to do it. I guess he was pretty disappointed discovering he couldn't. I imagine him shaking his head when he discovered America and saying, "Oh, bollocks!"
RR: What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
SF: My rage, I can get so angry sometimes. I hate that about myself. Thankfully my wife seems to be turning me into a nicer person. But every now and then ...
RR: What is the trait you most deplore in others?
SF: Those that preach on subjects they know nothing about.
RR: What is your greatest extravagance?
SF: My home cinema and media, and I sometimes get a steak cut just for me ' it fills a whole plate ' about 2 1/2 inches tall.
RR: On what occasion do you lie?
SF: Only to cover for the lie of others ... or is that a lie? Ha, ha, ha.
RR: What do you dislike most about your appearance?
SF: I love my food. I love to cook. However, it comes with a belly, I'm afraid.
RR: Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
SF: "You know ' " " FUCK," "Basically...."
RR: What is your greatest regret?
SF: Not working harder in my younger life.
RR: What or who is the greatest love of your life?
SF: Without a doubt, my wife.
RR: When and where were you happiest?
SF: On honeymoon with my wife, in Rome.
RR: Which talent would you most like to have?
SF: I would love to be able to play piano.
RR: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
SF: I wish I was smarter. I'm always trying to pick things up. I find it bloody hard.
RR: If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
SF: Probably their DNA. Ha, ha, ha! No, I would change the way my family argue.
RR: If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
SF: Who said I'm leaving?
RR: What is your most treasured possession?
SF: My work, I love my artwork. It's sad and happy to see it move to another home. But it clears the air for new work, and there's no greater compliment than having your work in someone else's home. That's ok ' when someone treasures your work as much as you.
RR: What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
SF: When life has truly kicked you in the bollocks and you have no money, no prospects, no partner, debt ' all these things are terrible. I know, I have been there. But some, rather than pull your socks up and run into the future with a new hunger for life, decide to make other lives unpleasant by robbing, violence, selling drugs etc. All these are just making you lower and lower. I think when life has got you down the only way is up, unless you start digging a deeper hole for yourself.
RR: Where would you like to live?
SF: Hollow earth. There is an idea that there are entrances to the centre of the earth. There are cities there and a sun and everything. I like the idea of this. Failing that, probably Rome or Paris.
RR: What is your favorite occupation?
SF: Artist. I always wanted to be one, even when I was very young.
RR: What is the quality you most like in a woman?
SF: Kindness, great ass.
RR: What is the quality you most like in a man?
SF: I don't really look at men like that. However, my mates are funny and honest. Well, as honest as I expect them to be. Ha, ha, ha.
RR: What do you most value in your friends?
SF: I have known my friends since I was very little. They drive me nuts sometimes but I have to say, they all are the greatest bunch. I'm very lucky to have the friends I have.
RR: Who are your favorite artists/painters?
SF: Kandinski, H. R. Giger.
RR: Who are your heroes in real life?
SF: I haven't got any in real life. So I'm going to say the Hulk. I get pissed off and would like to turn green and smash stuff.
RR: What is it that you most dislike?
SF: Country music. I feel as though I'm getting dumber the longer I listen to it. Not that I don't appreciate that it's good to others. I personally just hate it ... and mayonnaise.
RR: How would you like to die?
SF: I would like to have a fist fight with a bear and get struck by lightning, taking both me and the bear out. But even without the lightning I think I would get a few good punches in.
RR: What is your motto?
SF: "Give more than you take." I honestly believe if you live by this, you can't go wrong.
RR: Where do you get the inspiration for your paintings?
SF: I'm often asked this, and I honestly don't know. I mean I work in construction. Some say it is industrial art. Truth is I got so fed up with seeing unskilled works of art selling for telephone numbers. I wanted to create clever fine art, but modern. I loved the 80's although I was very young. I'm obsessed with 80's movies still. I like the whole look of the 80's with go fast red, striking, bold and punchy black shapes. I think it's probably the 80's then. I think I'm stuck there ' and happy as a pig in shit.
RR: Your paintings are sui generis both in texture and the way they 'look' to the observer's eyes. What technique or techniques to you use to achieve this 'look?' If it's a trade secret, please just say so.
SF: Not at all. I mainly use materials I'm using at the time in construction. It's cheaper for me. Wood filler, fire protective paint, anything I can get my mitts on. I do use acrylics on my more detailed work. The techniques used on them, I'm afraid, are a trade secret. I have been known to spill the beans after my second bottle of wine, though.