Visual Spaces Presents: Jeff Seaberg, Fine Artist
From time to time, we like to feature creative people here on Visual Spaces. This week, we have a guest post by Jeff Seaberg, a Fine Artist from Pembroke, Massachusetts, USA. Jeff is a graduate from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts and the son of an Architect and an Interior Designer.
Keep reading for more about Jeff, his work, and how to purchase his pieces for displaying in your home or office, or as a special gift for someone else!
Creativity has been the constant of my life even though I have pursued a variety of occupations — Draftsman, Social Worker, English Teacher, Airplane Mechanic and, most recently, an Alpaca Farmer. My creative process is stronger than ever as I am now creating a painting a day, which started January 1st of this year 2014. My style, which I call “Abstract Realism,” takes on a real subject such as a building, an airplane or most recently one of my farm animals, which I then abstract using an array of dazzling color. Below are some samples of my work.
As I worked on small airplanes as an A & P Mechanic in Florida, I gravitated towards painting airplanes onto canvases. This painting is a culmination of a process that started out as simply painting an airplane flying through the sky and ended with a surreal version of a warped airplane ripping through the fabric of another dimension.
After I graduated from Montserrat College of Art, I studied abroad for a semester in Viterbo, Italy — a small town in the Tuscany region of Italy. On one of my excursions from Viterbo, I visited Pompeii and from that visit I was inspired to create this small little gem. The actual painting was also a postcard, which I had sent back to my mother. I sent many of these painting postcards back to my friends and family in the U.S.
“Isola Di Pianti”
On another occasion during my time in Italy, I made an excursion to the town of Vitorchiano, which was this wonderful walled city built upon grand boulders. The town looks like an island within a sea of vegetation. This painting combines my natural ability of drawing buildings and using perspective with my abstract adaptation of the sky and the vegetation below.
“Iglecia San Rafael Costa Rica”
I spent three years in Costa Rica and the country and my friends in that wonderful place remain a big part of my life. I had been a volunteer English teacher at an elementary school in a small town called Pueblo Nuevo de Abangares. Throughout my time there, I took many photographs of the much varied Catholic Churches and have since used them as subjects for my paintings. Each Church is so different and exciting, both architecturally and historically. I just needed to paint them! Of course, the palette of colors was in alignment with my usual array.
This painting is from my “Painting a Day, Art Explosion 2014″ series. I have been exploring the images from my farm Alpacaville — the chickens, guinea hens, peacocks, goats and alpaca. I love the idea of placing my abstractions with something painted realistic and to make that combination work within the canvas. This particular chicken — “Beverly Chick Chocks” — is repeated six times. As one ponders this abstract repetition, your eye rests on the realistic version.
My work featured above has a couple of common threads that weave the tale of “Abstract Realism.” I am constantly striving to achieve a balance between a realistic subject and an abstraction from it using bright, dazzling colors that reflect my happy demeanor. I am most happy and calm when I paint and I hope that happiness pulls through to the viewers of my artwork. I believe everyone possesses creativity in some form or another and for me to create something that might spark their imagination makes me happy.
About the Artist
Jeff Seaberg studied Fine Art at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1993. He attended their summer program in Viterbo, Italy exploring and studying painting. In 1997, Jeff spent the year developing his caricature skills at Horton Plaza and Old Town State Park in San Diego, California as well as showing his paintings at coffee shops. In 1999, Jeff became a volunteer with a non-profit group called WorldTeach, teaching English in a small town called Pueblo Nuevo de Abangares in Costa Rica. He used art and song to help educate the children in learning English.
Jeff was raised in New England as the son of an Architect and Interior Designer. His passion for travel began while sailing on the Cape and Islands with his parents. Sketching their destinations became a family past time and charted him on a course of adventure and creativity traveling in Europe and Latin America. He works mostly in acrylic, moving paint across the canvas in an expressive and fluid manner that is bold and dynamic. Interviewed by South Shore Living Magazine, Jeff describes his artwork as “Abstract Realism.” The subjects he chooses are places or objects seen through Jeff’s perspective, albeit abstracted with vibrant color and enthusiasm.
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