Sean grew up on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, and started drawing on a blackboard with his father when he was about 3. He learned to read with comic books and started drawing all his favorite characters and scenes - he was particularly fond of Spiderman back in the mid 1970s.
He kept up his drawings in pencil, pen and ink, and in paints throughout his grammar and high school years. He has also played the bass and guitar since age 12, and played with the high school jazz band and was the lead vocalist and bassist in his own rock bands through the 1980s.
During the 1990s he worked as a chef to support his growing family, while steadily developing his music and art. When his family was ready for it, he set off on his art career full time - starting with paintings of Kitchen Scenes and Cape Cod from Woods Hole to Provincetown. He has had a prolific career, starting out with his “sketchism” paintings - to see how fast he could get a scene painted before time and/or light was out.
Sean established Sean Boyce Studios at 162 Newbury Street in the heart of the gallery district in Boston, Massachusetts in December of 2009. Based there, he produced paintings, exhibits, musical recordings and videos.
In 2011 Sean Boyce Studios opened a division named Apex Fine Arts Boston Contemporary - a gallery dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary painters with affiliation to Boston.
In 2012 Sean expanded across the country, exhibiting his art in Los Angeles and putting the studio in Boston into the management of his Boston art contemporaries.
He is currently working and exhibiting from Cape Cod to California.
SEAN BOYCE ARTIST STATEMENT - “ARBITRARY REALISM”
I am a painter who works on the coolest streets in the best earth cities. I use the unpredictability and energy of the street to charge my works on canvas. I experiment with color and content in my paintings in order to discover juxtapositions which actually chemically change the perceptions of the viewer. The human brain reacts to these stimuli with altered levels of serotonin, adrenaline, and dopamine.
I call my style “Arbitrary Realism” (formerly; “Abstract Realism”). Venice Beach Art Critic David Light calls it ( in part ) 'Artificially Abstracted Arbitrarily Realistic Neo Bubblegum Consumerism'. To me, art is about diversion, which includes a wide range of emotional, even spiritual responses. I practice these methods and test these theories in order to elicit in my work an ever more potent effect. Don't be alarmed if after you see my works you experience feelings of euphoria - even ecstasy.