photo by Molly Ross

photo by Molly Ross


I just finished painting 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 making of the mural, check out the articles and videos in this section of my blog. This one describes why this memorial was so important for me to make, this one gets into how the mural was funded, this one talks about why Kirk isn’t wearing a Mickey Mouse ear hat, and this video shows process shots.

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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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Creative Insurgents

still from Creative Insurgents


Not too long ago, I talked with the Creative Insurgents crew about art marketing and copyright. The video of the interview is here. Also, my work was featured in a recent article on The Abundant Artist, and I was interviewed on Artist Think here.

What’s more,, Scientific American, Hyperallergic, and BoingBoing all think my project Crime Against Nature is worth a look.

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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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Crime Against Nature poster

Crime Against Nature poster


This poster is one presentation of Crime Against Nature, the book I published in 2012. It combines an image of the work with the text from the book to create a punchy little meme that sums up the point of the project: that we don’t know as much about what is actually natural as we think we do!

For more posters, go here. To buy prints of these posters in various sizes, visit my RedBubble shop!

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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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