Philly Artist Tastes The Rainbow And Saves The Wrappers

Candy wrapper art

Sean Brown knows his way around a candy shop.

“My candy knowledge is pretty crazy,” he says. “Put me up against anyone in a candy battle — and I’ll beat them.”

Philly-based artist Sean Brown transforms the refuse from candy wrappers into art.

But Brown is less interested in the candy than the wrappers. For the past five years, this Philly-based artist and (full disclosure!) former neighbor of mine, has been transforming the refuse from Skittles, Tootsie Pops, Starburst, Mamba — and whatever other candy he can get his hands on — into works of art.

Many of the pieces celebrate famous individuals or pay homage to the artists who inspire him. He’s done Questlove in Tootsie Pops and Warhol’s “Marilyn” in Tootsie Pops, Mamba, Starburst and Andes Creme de Menthe Thins.

Brown, who’s been working as an artist since graduating from the Art Institute of Philadelphia in 2007, presents his work in art shows primarily in the Philadelphia and New York areas.

He’s sold over 100 of his candy wrapper works, which ranged in price from $50 for a simple depiction of a banana to $5,000 for a detailed remake of a Gustav Klimt work.

His hues are limited by his candy wrapper palette — which turns out to be no limitation at all. Read more at NPR.