Artwork / Archives / 2016

chimpanzee wearing a flower crown with a canary on her head hummingbird artwork by Jersey artist Gwenn Seemel sparrow marker drawing by wildlife artist Gwenn Seemel pet portrait by American painter Gwenn Seemel portrait of a young white couple painted directly on a canvas bag dancing rainbow chickens by queer artist Gwenn Seemel fennec fox drawing by wildlife artist Gwenn Seemel papillon dog portrait painting in acrylic rainbow heart design in swirls rusty blackbird painting by bird artist Gwenn Seemel cat drawing in marker on paper ginger cat painting fine art portrait drawing by Gwenn Seemel house portrait painting by Jersey artist Gwenn Seemel rainbow hummingbird painting by queer artist Gwenn Seemel dog portrait drawing by pet artist Gwenn Seemel painting of a storm as a terrifying wild cat cardinal drawing golden retriever painting by dog portraitist Gwenn Seemel David Bowie from Labyrinth drawing in marker on paper dachshund portrait painting colorful pug portrait drawing albatross painting spider and web drawing fine art portrait paintng by French artist Gwenn Seemel commissioned art portrait painting lion roaring illustration Scott Brumitt painting parakeet drawing in marker on paper pet ferret painting sea turtles together painting by Gwenn Seemel goldfish painting horse portrait painted by American artist Gwenn Seemel quail drawing by bird artist Gwenn Seemel Gwenn Seemel self-portrati drawing in marker on paper fine art portrait painted by French-American artist Gwenn Seemel a man and his dog illustration of a rose by flower artist Gwenn Seemel LBI artist Matt Burton painted by Gwenn Seemel beautiful rainbow heart design by Gwenn Seemel white wold painting

2016 was my first full year in New Jersey. Though most of it was spent in Surf City, in my studio which is just a block from the ocean, I did travel some. In July, I made it back to Oregon for a conference to promote Cory Huff’s How to Sell Your Art Online, a book which features my career as an example.

Gwenn Seemel at an opening for Crime Against Nature in Belgium
photo by PointCulture Liège

In October, I flew to Belgium for an exhibition of my 2012 series Crime Against Nature. The whole adventure was organized and funded by a creative team in Liège who had made thoughtful and hilarious performance art about the queer intersection of science and culture.

Gwenn Seemel on the Redbubble Blog
screenshot of Redbubble Blog

My marketing expertise was recognized in interviews with Your Creative Push, the Redbubble Blog, and Jackson’s Art Blog as well as in a mention on 99U. This shout-out from a fellow artist made me very happy, as did an article in The SandPaper. I got a bit of French press in the form of this post on Mr Mondialisation.

“The stakes are high in this seemingly playful and light children’s book, [Crime Against Nature].”

- Editor, Mr Mondialisation, August 2016

“[Seemel’s] style is at once explosively colorful and tightly controlled—expressive faces on evocative backgrounds and pleasing shapes in elaborate settings.”

- Victoria Ford, The SandPaper, September 2016

“Seemel infuses her art with passion, color and confidence.”

- Editor, Redbubble Blog, November 2016

Gwenn Seemel’s art in Valérie Chansigaud’s book
photo by Gwenn Seemel

2016 was the year I got published in other people’s books. Not only was my career used as a model in How to Sell Your Art Online, but my art was featured in Valérie Chansigaud’s Enfant et Nature as well as in Chris Cozen’s Acrylic Color Explorations.