These days, I’m painting a mural of Kirk Reeves, the Portland street performer and comedian who died in 2012. The mural is on the building located at 430 NE Lloyd but it’s on the wall that faces Grand. It’s approximately 10 by 38 feet, and it’s by far the largest painting I’ve ever created.

photo by Sara Sjol

photo by Sara Sjol

To learn more about Kirk and why I am painting him, go here, and, for more information about the funding of the mural, here. You can follow the evolution of the project in this section of my blog where I’m posting every other day or so, and you can also stop by in person. I sometimes work in the morning, but I’m there more regularly between 3 and 8 PM.

There will be a celebration to remember Kirk and to officially launch the mural on 15 August from 6 to 9 PM! More details soon.

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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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