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Gwenn Seemel: Her Art and Her Message

Gwenn Seemel: Her Art and Her Message

The only thing more colorful than Gwenn Seemel’s paintings is her vibrant personality. #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino recently sat down with this French-American artist to discuss her unique painting style and her powerful messaging.

Gwenn’s unmistakable style has been crafted for years, having been inspired at an early age to pursue a career in art when she received positive feedback from her brother. From there, with a push from her family, she attended art classes and her career has blossomed ever since.

Gwenn specializes in portrait work, as well as conceptual pieces, like the work she did for her book Crime Against Nature: a more accurate telling of what’s natural. The book seeks to shatter gender and social norms through evidence found in nature as well as Gwenn’s paintings of the corresponding species that shatters the existing concept.

While Gwenn’s paintings have been shown all over the United States – and even in some photo filters – she recently made headlines for something that happened right in New Jersey. During the opening day of the Love and Fear Exhibition at the Montclair Public Library, one of Gwen’s six pieces, featuring imagery of President Trump, was removed during the first 30 minutes. The library originally cited ‘profanity’ as the cause for the removal but has since issued a statement and rehung the painting.

Lucky for us, Gwenn brought in some of her paintings to show off. They included a sunset modeled after where she lives in Surf City, two portraits, and a dinosaur image with bunny ears. Together, Gwenn and Lisa Marie discussed the meaning behind each of the paintings and the inspiration behind their creation.

Gwenn’s paintings are so striking that they command your attention, however seeing them in person is absolutely hypnotizing. Our studio found itself much like a traffic jam, everyone gathering around to stare, mouths open, at Gwenn’s work. The attention to detail is apparent in every deliberate stroke; all seeming independent from the other, but all adding up to tell one story and paint one picture. Everyone had a differing opinion in which piece was their favorite and why.  Everyone found something that spoke to them, directly.

You can see Gwenn’s work in person during her three current shows: “Love and Fear” at the Montclair Public Library, “Empathetic Magic” at Lyceum Hall in Burlington, NJ and “Crime Against Nature” at the FIAF in Montclair, NJ. 

For more information on Gwenn, visit https://www.gwennseemel.com/ and be sure to visit one of Gwenn’s three current exhibitions:

Crime Against Nature
Open: through May 8th
Hours: Monday through Thursday 8:30 AM to 6 PM, Friday 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Saturday 9 AM to 4:30 PM
FIAF Montclair
7 North Willow Street, Suite 7
Montclair, NJ 07042

Empathetic Magic
Open: through 29th by appointment
Lyceum Hall
432 High Street
Burlington, NJ 08016
609-239-0029

Love and Fear
Open: through April 29th
Hours: Monday through Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM, Friday and Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM, Sunday 1 to 6 PM
Montclair Public Library Gallery
50 South Fullerton Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042

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Lisa Marie Latino

Lisa Marie Falbo (Latino) is CEO and executive producer of Long Shot Productions, a full-service media production company based in Fairfield, New Jersey. Latino’s career has produced numerous commercial, corporate, and entertainment programs that have taken her throughout the United States as well as Europe. In 2014, Latino co-launched Hip New Jersey a lifestyle program featuring the latest trends around the Garden State. She serves as the television show’s executive producer and host. Hip New Jersey can be seen on HometowneTV, NJ on Air and HipNewJersey.com. Latino has appeared on a wide variety of local television, network cable, and radio shows, including TLC’s Cake Boss, SNY’s Oh Yeah and on WFAN Sports Radio. She also works in-season for the New York Giants Radio Network, and has served as an adjunct broadcasting professor at Seton Hall University. In 2016, Latino added published author to her lofty resume with the release of her debut novel, Ten Years Later. In 2017, “TYL” won Best Fiction at the Independent Authors Book Expo. Latino graduated from Montclair State University in 2006 with a degree in broadcasting and speech communication.

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