Sean Norvet’s passion for art has been a driving force since his formative years. From a young age, he demonstrated a natural talent for creating his own cartoon characters and comic books. Encouraged by his high school art teacher to pursue his artistic aspirations, he went on to earn a BFA in 2013 from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.
Drawing inspiration from a range of established and contemporary artists including Michelangelo, Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon, R. Crumb, and Ren & Stimpy, Norvet’s work is a satirical exploration of American culture. His technique, which blends photo-realism with cartoonish humor, tackles a range of topics including consumerism, foodie culture, and the pervasive information overload of modern life. His creative process is characterized by “pushing and pulling from drab reality until it achieves a psychedelic euphoria.” Recently, he has employed AI to create more intricate pieces and streamline some of the more mundane aspects of his work.
First album you bought?
When I was 10, I tried to buy a Sugar Ray album at Tower Records but it was “parental advisory”, so I ended up getting Rage Against The Machine’s Evil Empire’ at a Blockbuster. Thank you Blockbuster.
Last album you bought?
Blue Sky Black Death “Noir”
Bonus: Ludacris performing at a private party.
Was there one album that made a significant impression on you?
Three Six Mafia’s “When The Smoke Clears”
Who is your musical hero?
How important is music to your creative process?
I like to balance music, podcasts, and re-watching The Sopranos. Music plays a crucial role when I’m creating new ideas, and the others are usually when I’m actually in-progress painting.
The Alchemist – Arrival
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Waiting for Blood
Raekwon – Ice Water
Starflyer 59 – Monterey
Boldy James & Futurewave – Could Be Worse
The Stranglers – Golden Brown
Project Pat – North Memphis
The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again
Roc Marciano – The Sacrifice
Crumb – Cracking
Madvillain (Madlib & MF Doom) – Meat Grinder
Aphex Twin – Alberto Balsalm (1994)
X – Los Angeles
Gravediggaz – 1-800-Suicide
The Animals – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood