Artwork / 2005

Claire Barker painting by Gwenn Seemel portrait of a sweet person commissioned portrait painting by Gwenn Seemel fine art portrait portrait painting figurative art paintings of three brothers David Vanadia painting by feminist Gwenn Seemel portrait of David Vanadia painted in acyrlic on canvas by queer Gwenn Seemel custom artwork Lyndsay Hogland portrait painting by woman artist Gwenn Seemel self-portrait painting by Gwenn Seemel David Vanadia drawing in gouache Mary Seemel portrait Bob Seemel painting by his niece portrait painting Justin Oswald portrait painting artwork fine art portrait of Jesse Young Rory Stitt portrait by Gwenn Seemel portrait of a man painted by Gwenn Seemel painted portrait custom art portrait painting of a woman David Vanadia artwork by Gwenn Seemel

The surrealist painter René Magritte once painted over two hundred paintings in a single year, so I challenged myself to do the same in 2005. I didn’t break sixty—and that’s counting the works from my two conceptual series of 2005 along with the paintings shown here. My hat is off to Magritte!

Besides testing my mettle as an artist, 2005 was about love for me—and, more specifically, about the beginning of a love that endures. That summer, I met the man who is now my partner.

show at the Everett Station Lofts in Portland
photo by Gwenn Seemel

From the first David helped me to be a better artist. I was finishing up Private Masks and Public Faces when my partner came into my life, but the discussions we had about these series shaped their presentation significantly. In 2006, he affected my work more obviously by actually becoming a part of my conceptual series, Mutually Beneficial.