“Sean D’Anconia has built a seductive visual universe by marrying cult-cinema & animation to a wild pop-art aesthetic.”
Born in Montreal, Canada, D’Anconia was named after another “Sean”-Connery—by his mother, an intrepid James Bond fan. This early “Bondian” bullet would fire itself throughout D’Anconia’s life and creative pursuits.
After living and working in Hong Kong, Florence, Los Angeles, Vancouver—this iconoclast Canadian designer/artist/cine-visualist is out to define a new twenty-first century graphic-ideal. Firing from all creative pistons, D’Anconia’s composite world is a “bio pic” of his own imagination: irreverent, prolific, explosive – based on an encyclopedic knowledge of popular culture past, and a knowing eye for future trend undercurrents years before they hit, D’Anconia’s Pop-Art, design, creative branding, collages, melanges all serve to integrate his punk-mod sensibility, which pops-out of a razor sharp eye, colored by an eastern tinted lens
Growing-up loving cult cinema after encountering bad French dubs of Japanese anime & Samurai hits on Montreal TV, D’Anconia entered an even badder love affair with Japan at the age of 8—getting his Rising-Sun fix by travelling 6 hours to purchase collectibles at Silver Snail Bookstore in Toronto. Later, digging through video and book shops, D’Anconia absorbed the visual romans d’aventures, theatre-of-value literature that flowed from likes of Clavell, Asimov, Moravia, Rand, Ditko, Tezuka, Mishima, the post-world war II heroes of Italian films, French New Wave cinema – Jean Luc Godard, Japanese Pop-Mod movement – Tadanori Yokoo, and as expressed in the visual-sartorial style of French-Noir actor Alain Delon.
While finishing up a Political Science and Middle Eastern studies degree at McGill University, D’Anconia started his fashion career scouting Italian brands while taking film classes at Brooks (Santa Barbara), introducing sportswear collections from Invicta, Ferrari, Momo Design and the original Seven to North American markets, then later working for Senior VP of Miramax as executive assistant and story editor on properties like “GO”, The Mexican and in the directorial department on the notorious “B” Kung Fu disaster – The Tracker.
Realizing that no one would produce his movies until he made them himself, D’Anconia “put them up” on a screen of his own choosing that would include fine-art, media, apparel and accessories. His cinema d’apparel is a sophisticated, colorful vision of Japanese chivalry charmed by Italian beauties, with a French taste in red wine, as sipped from the steely lips of a Yakuza in a black Aston Martin racing toward a Bondian conclusion.
Creative projects include concept & product art for Disney Couture, Flintstones & Scooby Doo (Hanna Barbera), Count, Frank & Booberry (General Mills), Bob Marley for Cedella Marley, Original apparel for Hawaiian Tropic, Popeye, Olive & Flash Gordon (King Features), Limited Edition runners for New Balance, Re-Booted movie posters for the iconic Hong Kong studio – Shaw Brothers, as well as his recent work on Hello Kitty (Sanrio).
His art/designs have appeared on a host of media outlets: Gigolos (Showtime), Dollhouse (FOX), Community (NBC), MTV Cribs & Fashion News, KTLA, The Today Show along with On Air with Ryan Seacrest, FHM, Sport & Street, Sportswear International, and his work gracing the cover of menswear bible – MR Magazine. His products & art can be found at elite retailers like Saks 5th Avenue, Fred Segal, Yellow Rat Bastard, Atrium, Virgin, Harry Rosen, Boysco, Michael K. Daslu, Hold Up Art, and a host of others. Most recently, D’Anconia’s work was featured as the official art gallery presentation for the 70th anniversary of The Nisei Week Japanese cultural festival.
D’Anconia’s latest brand vision, currently erupting from Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo is MAJESTYLAND! – a new creative universe set in a future London taken over by a Japanese gaming corporation. D’Anconia’s “stories” and “characters” come to life through several collections of apparel, accessories and fine-art.
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