French-American artist Gwenn Seemel lives and works in the US. Since 2003, she has made her living mostly by painting portraits and other things too, but also by selling art books, and earning grant money for projects. For a full breakdown of her income, go here.

Find her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Patreon! And check out her feature on the Redbubble blog here!

In 2014, she created her first piece of public art in Portland, Oregon, a mural of the street performer Kirk Reeves. The process was documented by Oregon Public Broadcasting in this short film. Her art has also been featured on Scientific American, BoingBoing, Hyperallergic, and the Redbubble blog, among other places on the Web.

Known for her radical free culture advocacy, she spoke at TEDxGeneva in 2014 about how copyright damages creativity and interrupts artists’ ability to make a living with their art.

  • Joined: December 2013


Jealous of another artist’s career

This video is for all the artists who find themselves envying others. / [Video] / Please remember: what looks like shiny happy success from the outside tends to be more complicated when viewed from the inside—I know this from my own experience and also from talking with artist friends. Being an artist is difficult enough without us taking our jealousy out on each other.
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How to start promoting your art

Three tips for launching yourself. / [Video] / The marketing calendar that I talk about is so important. As a super organized, behind-the-scenes part of the art job, it’s one of the least sexy parts of being a professional, but it can help free up your brain for creativity, which is the sexiest of the sexy!
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Important artists and self-important ones

Artists who depend too much on the weight of their résumés don’t impress me. / [Video] / This goes back to that question artists are often asked: are you qualified to do what you do? I talk more about how to answer in this video. / Gwenn Seemel / Encounter / 2017 / acrylic on panel / 7 × 10 inches (combined dimensions) / And there are some lovely designs using one of these images in m…
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How to choose between the self-taught route, going to art school, and getting a BA

When it comes to educating yourself, some artists choose to maintain the purity of their raw voice, eschewing formal art education and teaching themselves instead. Others will go into the belly of the art establishment, braving a BFA or MFA program and emerge on the other side both wiser and bolder. Still others will follow the university path, gaining access to many different media while also be…
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