Reassessing Resuscitation

Reassessing Resuscitation

Sean Mellyn, American, 1965-
Born: Providence, Rhode Island
Work Locations: New York
United States
Gouache and graphite on paper
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum

Sean Mellyn (American, born 1965 in Providence, R.I. Lives and works in New York City)
Reassessing Resuscitation, 1998
Gouache and graphite on paper
18 3/8 x 15 in.
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2001.788. © Sean Mellyn

This object is currently on view
image height: 18 3/8 in, 46.6725 cm; image width: 15 in, 38.1000 cm; frame height: 21 1/8 in, 53.6575 cm; frame width: 17 5/8 in, 44.7675 cm; frame depth: 1 1/4 in, 3.1750 cm
Modern and Contemporary Art
Modern and Contemporary Art

Mellyn is known for his deliberate, airbrushed, and over simplified portraits that appear to be inspired by postwar snapshots and advertising photos. “Reassessing Resuscitation” depart from Mellyn’s usually Technicolor palette. In black and white, these works each depict a single figure with a white paper bag over the head. Small eye and mouth holes are cut out so that the figure is barely identifiable.

Sean Mellyn received his BFA from Pratt Institute. He currently lives New York where he teaches painting at the School of Visual Arts.

© Sean Mellyn

Exhibition History
  • "In Limbo"—University of Denver, Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, Denver CO, 01/13/2005 - 03/11/2005
  • “Disruption: Works from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection” — Denver Art Museum, 1/13/2022