Wendy Seller is on sabbatical for the 2013–14 academic year.
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. Wendy’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.
Wendy’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.