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painted portrait of a young white man with glasses
Gwenn Seemel
Gavin Shettler (Portland Art Center)
acrylic on canvas
48 x 34 inches

I painted this portrait in 2003, and three years later it got a second chance at public life with the Portland Art Center’s Boredom: I Learned It by Watching You. Also in 2006, another artist used this image of Gavin as an illustration for a blog post about him and failed to credit me. This is part of what inspired me to give up my copyright on my work. In 2014, I spoke at TEDxGeneva about freedom in our digital age, and in my talk I featured Gavin’s portrait as well as the story of its use. My presentation is called “In Defense of Imitation.”