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

Journal

It's Working: Redbubble Is Scared of #FixRedbubble.

For a company that lacks transparency in some key ways, Redbubble is being super transparent about its motives here. / To explain: on Monday, I launched #FixRedbubble after the print-on-demand company censored some of my political art. The intent of the campaign is to stop Redbubble from censoring artwork without providing creators with a full explanation. The idea was that the hashtag would sham…
Posted 5 months – Leave a comment

#FixRedbubble

[Video] / #FixRedbubble demands no more deleting artwork unless Redbubble either acknowledges its censorship or shares DMCA takedown notices with creators. No more doing the licensing companies’ dirty work and getting away with it! / #FixRedbubble will show us all the art that Redbubble has censored and start to give us an idea of the effect the company is having on creativity. Check out #F…
Posted 5 months – 3 comments

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.
Posted over 1 year – Leave a comment

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!
Posted over 1 year – 5 comments
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