Artwork / 2019

This year, I am doing some interesting exploring in my painting, creating three separate mini-series on top of one-off works. One series addresses my anxiety: how I try to deal with it along with its two main sources (the crises of the environment and misogyny). Another collection consists of eleven portraits that will be featured in a book next year. The last is made up of mixed media drawings—including this newt image—inspired by my time at the Camp Stomping Ground artist residency this summer.

All that said, some of my work from 2017 has also come back into focus. For one thing, my 2017 series Empathetic Magic was exhibited in April at Lyceum Hall in Burlington, New Jersey, with the addition of two new portraits painted this year.

Gwenn Seemel in Newsweek
screenshot of Newsweek

For another, one of my portraits of Trump made headlines in April when it was removed from a group exhibition at the Montclair Public Library in New Jersey and then later reinstalled.

Gwenn Seemel on the set of Hip New Jersey with Lisa Marie Latino
still from Hip New Jersey video

“Our studio found itself much like a traffic jam, everyone gathering around to stare, mouths open, at [Seemel]’s work.”

- Editor, Hip New Jersey, April 2019