Artists use an endless array of media to express themselves. Over time, a serious artist will often gravitate to a signature medium or two. Perhaps they prefer to work in paint, or pencils, or clay or wood. But you don’t see too many who dedicate themselves to working in LEGOS®, unless, of course, you’ve seen Sean Kenney.
Kenney is a self described “professional kid,” who uses LEGO pieces to design and create three-dimensional sculptures and two-dimensional pixilated mosaic portraits – all created with LEGO bricks. He's not employed by LEGO. He's an independent artist, and the LEGO brick is simply his medium. He produces works of art using LEGOS for high-profile clients, major corporations, and venues around the globe.
At a recent visit to Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore, Kenney spoke to a large crowd of children about his fun career and shared his newest book, called Cool Creations in 35 Pieces. In this, his latest of six published children’s titles, Kenney sparks creativity and imagination by showing children how he reuses the same 35 LEGO bricks to create a variety of images including vehicles, spaceships, animals, robots and many other subjects.
Past commission clients include Google, Nintendo, and Mazda. He also has a number of exhibits traveling around the country. Through the end of September, Kenney’s work can be seen at the Louisville Slugger Museum in his exhibit titled “Big Leagues, Little Bricks.” Focusing on the historical lore of baseball as a part of Americana, the show features portraits of famous baseball players, sculptural figures of baseball in motion, a classic Louisville Slugger bat, a 10 foot wide mosaic with the lyrics of "Take me out to the ball game" and a giant model of Wrigley Field, all built with LEGOS. Another exhibit, “Nature Connects,” will be installed at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens in the summer of 2014.
His line of children’s books can be found at Blue Manatee for $8 - $13. Private commission mosaic portraits and sculptures begin at $695 and go up into six figures depending on scale and complexity of the project. Kenney’s traveling exhibits can be booked for temporary installation as well.
Fun facts about professional artist, Sean Kenney:
- Sean has about 2 million LEGO pieces.
- The biggest LEGO sculpture Sean ever made weighed 400 pounds.
- His favorite piece is the "1x1 headlight brick". (You can use it three ways!)
- Growing up, the LEGO set Sean wanted most was the Cargo Center. (He never got it.)
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