The image to the left is “Line of Fire” and was inspired by a story on children and civilians shot in Iraq, postal service changes, and the “bottom line” on health care. The image to the right is “Sting” and was inspired by a front page story with the headline, “Bernanke Jabs Back at Fed’s Criticism.” Born in Omaha, NE, Sesow suffered a tragic childhood accident when he was struck by a landing airplane near his rural home and a propeller severed his arm. Doctors were able to reattach it at the hospital, but his dominant hand had to be amputated. He achieves more with the remaining hand than most do with both. Sesow’s work is explosive and bold. His paintings come from the gut and are filled with tension that is immediately arresting. Each stroke appears to be blasted onto the canvas and his portraits are particularly gritty, expressive, and in-your-face. No hearts and flowers scenery here, the artist strives for emotional, personal interpretation and achieves it heartily. Take a look!
-- Rosemary Carstens
Here’s a video interview of the artist: