Experimental and Foundation Studies


Wendy Seller

Wendy Seller is a neo-surrealist painter who lives and works in the greater Boston area. She has had solo shows in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and Germany, and her paintings have been published in three issues of New American Paintings, two issues of Studio Visit, numerous Women Artist Calendars and Datebooks published by CEDCO, and used as the visual for an internationally distributed card printed in 15 languages by Arthur D. Little. Her studio is at the Claflin School in Newtonville, MA, which she designed and built within an elementary school gymnasium over a period of six years. The former school was purchased by 14 visual artists and converted into permanent artist live/work space. The Claflin Project received considerable recognition and served as a model for artist buildings nationwide. Seller’s studio was featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe Magazine, Art/New England Magazine, and most recently on the Design*Sponge blog. In 2011, her work was featured in the article 10 Stunning Surrealist Artists from the Modern Era, written by Kathryn Vercillo.

Seller’s professional work changed dramatically this year as she moved into the digital age. Her neo-surrealist oil paintings using houses as a metaphorical image have shifted to collaged works that involve digital media and gouache interchangeably. Her new images are layered compilations using her paintings, visuals from art history, photography and scanned nature forms, which are digitally manipulated and reworked in gouache. Trained in sculpture at RISD and the University of Illinois, she moved into painting early in her career when her sculptural medium of fiberglass was no longer desirable nor safe, and she found her visions better translated onto a two-dimensional surface using the “illusion” of three-dimensionality. She is a recipient of RISD’s John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.