John Sebelius is an interdisciplinary artist who holds a MFA from the University of Kansas and BFA with honors from Rhode Island School of Design. Sebelius’s work has been featured in: Harper’s, Express, DETAILS, Review, CNN, Aspen Daily News, The Washington Post, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. John has shown work in Gallery Two (Sydney, Australia), Woods-Gerry Gallery (Providence, RI), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), Kansas City Artists Coalition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and had a solo exhibition at the Gonzo Museum (Aspen, CO). Sebelius’s short documentaries have screened at Austin Film Festival, Tallgrass Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival, Free State Film Festival, and The American School of Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of Congo.
The citizens of Lawrence, KS voted him the Best Artist of 2017 and The Kansas City Chiefs selected him as the featured artist for My Cause, My Cleats 2018. Sebelius’ art program Artistic Expressions Healing Arts Initiative teaches art to veterans suffering with PTSD and it was awarded a Rocket Grants (Spencer Museum, Charlotte Street Foundation, and Andy Warhol Foundation of Visual Art) in 2018 and TOPArts Grant (ARTSConnect) in 2017 and 2018. Sebelius currently serves as Artist-In-Residence at Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment at University of Kansas and lives with his wife Allie and dog Norman in Lawrence, KS.
The direction of my current work is an ever-evolving practice. There is great physicality to my paintings that are only created through a constant reworking process. Continually building up layers of ground and physically removing them allows me the ability to connect with my subjects and materials on a physical and individual basis. By scraping oil paint and embedding it with drawing, I hope to create a descriptive surface that can hold disparate images within a unified field. My works combine traditional and alternative materials with a colorfully impactful palette. The combination of spray paint and drawing juxtaposes the sensitivity of the line with the visceral and intense mark of the paint. Working mainly on wood allows me to manipulate and alter the surface through my physical practice. Memories and dreams surrounding certain individuals and images continue to serve as inspiration for the paintings.