Artists can be frustrating perfectionists, spending years obsessing over paintings that, at best, are just going to sit in some rich collector's basement, or be used as secret peepholes in Transylvanian castles. Going the wildly prolific route instead, Matt Sesow.
After starting painting on the side to impress an artsy girl, Sesow has ramped up to five oft edgy, always crazy pop works a day, influenced by world politics, social issues, and, when he's really feeling it, copious amounts of beer. Everything's for sale, and typically loaded onto his website immediately upon completion, with projects frequently being variations on a theme, from multiple takes on a rabid-looking dog ("Good Doggie", "Norfolk Terrier"), to his latest: a 6-piece set painted on his birthday, starring a toothy, hazy-eyed kid in various stages of distress, with titles like "The Day After", "Blacked Out Birthday Boy", and "Birthday Wish with Pony" (sorry, Corvette Action Ken). Sesow's most involved series is this past summer's "31 Days in July": one painting per day inspired by a front-page Post article, including "the Pledge" (based on the Sotomayor nomination hearings), "hapi Cup Runneth Over" (Obama's beer summit), "Riding the Pig" (AIG bonuses and swine flu vaccinations), and "Sting", portraying a crazed boxer mid-punch, inspired by Bernanke's "jabs back at Fed's critics" (too bad the economic crisis isn't "Glass Joe").
Despite an estimated 7,000-8,000 original pieces churned out over the last few years, Sesow doesn't predict a slowdown -- which is great, because you've got like 39 drafty rooms you need to coyly monitor Keanu Reeves in.