Michael R Seiler
  • Male
  • Hopewell, OH
  • United States
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Organization or Business Name
Michael Seiler Gallery and Studio
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Art Interests
Art History, Arts Ministry, Collecting, Drawing, Education, Installation, Mixed Media, Museum/Gallery, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Public Art, Theology, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
My work embodies the following themes: failure and redemption, solitude and intimacy, and the pleasure and pain of relationships. These are accomplished through a couple of styles of painting, both nonobjective and figurative.

The figure, the landscape, and dominant colors distinguish my work. They appear in various forms, sometimes obviously and at other times subtly. In my opinion, the figure, the landscape, and dominant color speak to the viewer in somewhat recognizable and understandable symbols. The figurative form communicates the nature of the depth of the human existence. In a way the nude figure goes to the soul of our personhood. The landscape offers for me, the setting for the figure, a place of safety or refuge. Colors are controlled to exhibit intellectual or mental aspects of our temperament.

Most generally, I work from an automatic starting point. Beginning with marks of oil pastel or paint I allow the painting to “speak” to me and direct my thoughts and marks. In this way I can paint from my subconscious.

My newest works are painted with asphalt, alkyds, and oils. “I use minimal color, but I am able to attain a wide range of values and tones and at the same time achieve subtle shades of color.

I have a great affinity with the early German Expressionist of the 20’s and 30’s and post-German Expressionist of the 80’s and 90’s view of Zeitgeist. I attempt to speak to the spirit and time of my world. As the scripture says, “the Spirit intercedes for us in groaning too deep to be uttered.” I utter my groanings on canvas, expressing my experiences with failure and redemption, solitude and intimacy and the pleasure and pain of relationships. Painting begins in semi automatic fashion and progresses to deliberate form.

These intensely personal abstractions were once color expressions of angst, but as I work with asphalt and alkyds they have become black, white and shades of grays and browns. Just as maturity changes and softens our interpretation of life, maturity is changing my style to reflect mercy, not judgment, reconciliation not alienation, and mediation rather than conflict. Many of my newest paintings are fluid, expressing the grace and forgiveness that must flow between humans if they are to remain free.
Accomplishments / CV

The Ohio Exposition/The Ohio State Fair: Second best of show,
Zanesville Art Center: Juror’s Award
Zanesville Art Center: Honorable Mention
Louis Palmer Gallery: Muskingum College, Honorable Mention
Louis Palmer Gallery: Muskingum College, Honorable Mention
Zanesville Art Center, “May Show”, Honorable Mention
Zanesville Art Center, “May Show”, Honorable Mention,
Fellowship: Smithsonian National Museum of American Art
Outstanding Art Teacher: Ohio Arts Education Association
Regional Director, Ohio Youth Governor’s Art Exhibit
Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Achievement Merit Award

Michael’s art work is in many private and public collections including the Zanesville Museum of Art, Ohio Dominican University, and Ohio Bell.
2005-present Seiler’s Studio and Gallery, Permanent Studio/Gallery, new exhibitions monthly, Artist Colony of Zanesville, 330 ½ Market Street, Zanesville, Ohio PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS (Past and present)

Artist Colony of Zanesville
Christians in the Visual Arts
College Art Association
International Arts Movement
National Art Education Association
National Education Association
Ohio Art Education Association
Ohio Art League
Ohio Education Association
Zanesville Appalachian Arts Project

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At 6:56pm on December 26, 2013, mary jane miller said…

WOW love your work, Still considering myself a new member, content to be browsing through the group. Your work is sincerely original and well executed, Bravo.  Peace,  Egg Tempera http://moderncatholiciconography.com


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