Boldly painted. Joyfully feminist.

painter Gwenn Seemel self-portrait
self-portrait by Gwenn Seemel

Hi! I’m Gwenn Seemel.

I make brightly colored paintings that are both playful and intense, and I release all my work directly into the public domain, free for use by anybody for any reason. Because of that unusual choice, I was invited to give a TEDx talk in Switzerland. My art has appeared in Newsweek as well as on the cover of an Oxford University Press book, and, in 2023, I made my film début in the Belgian documentary Queerying Nature.

mental health coloring book
Everything’s Fine, the coloring book
My current project is called Everything’s Fine.

It started out as a series of paintings about mental health, and it has become a free high school art lesson plan as well as a mental health workbook with nineteen dreamlike coloring pages and the questions for reflection to go with them. This workbook is designed to help you embrace your complexity with creativity and kindness.

Buy the book!

queer planet: rainbow pride animal art by Gwenn Seemel
Gwenn Seemel Pride Animals
Welcome to our queer planet!

I haven’t seen the new Ed Watkins documentary about the queerness of the natural world, but I have made it my business to make art on the topic for years now, starting with a queer science picture book I published in 2012. More recently, I’ve made this series of Progress Pride flag animals to express different kinds of queerness. All these images are available as prints and tees and other items in my Redbubble shop.

See the making of the different queer planet artworks on my blog: the lamb and sheep, the tiger, the duck, the fish, the sea turtle, the crab, and the bunny.