Artwork / 2019

Most years, I average around thirty new individual artworks, but 2019 has taken me down a different path. Besides a handful of independent pieces, I’ve created three mini-series this year.

One addresses my anxiety: how I try to deal with it along with its main sources—the twin crises of the environment and misogyny. Another consists of mixed media paintings on paper inspired by my time at the Camp Stomping Ground artist residency this summer. Those images are scattered throughout the group shown above, while below is the most formal of the three mini-series.

These eleven portraits represent workers and labor organizers from across the US and they will be featured in a book that comes out next year. For more info about this collection and the people who commissioned it, check out this blog post.

Along with all this new work, some of my older art has also come back into focus in 2019. 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