Gwenn Seemel

French-American artist, painter, portraitist.

new American Gothic

Gwenn Seemel’s Amazigh Gothic 2008

-—American painting—-
The portrait pictured here is part of Apple Pie, my 2008 project about the American experience. Most of the participants in the series are first or second generation Americans, and, in the portraits, each of their likenesses is combined with the attributes of an American icon.

-—Art talk—-
In 2013, I spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in DC about Apple Pie as well as about what artists and scientists have in common. More recently, I spoke at TEDxGeneva about why imitation is good.

-—The Kirk Reeves mural—-
Last July, I painted a 10 by 38 foot mural of Kirk Reeves, the street performer who passed away in 2012. The piece is located on NE Grand at Lloyd in Portland, Oregon. This video about the making of the mural was created by filmmaker Ifanyi Bell for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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