from the photo section of my Redbubble shop


For years, I have half-hid my obsession with taking pictures of everything around me and especially of plants and the abstract patterns and shapes they can produce. No more! Bit by bit, I am publishing my digital photos from the last seven years in my printshop. The photo section of my RedBubble profile is full of images that you can have printed on cards and posters but also on throw pillows and cases for those tiny computers everyone is carrying around with them these days.

You can still purchase images of my paintings at RedBubble too, and, if there are particular works you would like to see made available there, please don’t hesitate to ask me!

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In July, I painted a 10 by 38 foot mural of Kirk Reeves, the street performer who passed away in 2012. The project is on NE Grand at Lloyd in Portland, Oregon. For more about the mural, visit the articles and videos in this section of my blog. This one describes why this memorial was so important for me to make and this one talks about why Kirk isn’t wearing a Mickey Mouse ear hat.

The mural was featured on KOIN and KGW as well as in The Oregonian, on this episode of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s State of Wonder, and in a beautiful video which filmmaker Ifanyi Bell created for OPB. That video is at right.

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I spoke at TEDxGeneva in April and this is the video. Currently, I’m working on a book that digs deeper into the issues addressed in this talk. If you want to be notified when it comes out, please email me and I’ll put you on my mailing list.

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At the beginning of the year, I chatted with the Creative Insurgents crew about art marketing and copyright, and the video of the interview is here. What’s more, my work was featured in an article on The Abundant Artist, I was interviewed on Artist Think here, and Willamette Week made having your portrait painted by me part of its Portland art bucket list!

Willamette Week

screenshot of Willamette Week

You’re not a proper patron of Portland’s arts scene until you’ve...had your portrait painted by Gwenn Seemel.

     — - Staff, Willamette Week, September 2014 -- - full story

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drawing by Gwenn Seemel

Gwenn Seemel’s drawing of Molly and Blue


These days, I’m working on a new collection of portraits. Cover/Flaunt explores the ways we minimize or emphasize different facets of our identities in order to navigate mainstream culture.

For more information about Cover/Flaunt go here, and for regular updates as this series progresses visit this section of my blog.

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Gwenn Seemel at the American Association for the Advancement of Science

still from event video


Last year, as part of The Art Of Science Policy exhibition at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in DC, I was invited to speak at Visualizing Science Policy in 20x20 along with a number of other artists and scientists. You can read more about the event here on the AAAS site.

My talk is available here. It explains details of some paintings from my Apple Pie series, and it explores how art and science are about questions instead of answers.

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Kevin Cook's portrait on a canvas bag

Gwenn Seemel’s Kevin Cook 2009


In the last decade, I’ve been pleased to paint lots of fascinating people. If you’re looking for one in particular, check out this page listing all of my portraits by the subjects’ names.

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