John Sebelius is an interdisciplinary artist that holds an M.F.A. in drawing and painting from the University of Kansas and a B.F.A. with honors in illustration from the 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 Sydney, Australia, Providence, RI, Kansas City, MO, Chicago, IL, and had a solo exhibition at the Gonzo Museum in Aspen, CO.
Sebelius completed an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2011 and was invited to be a juror for the National Endowment for the Arts in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Lawrence Journal-World named John the Best Artist of 2012 and his short documentary “Welcome To Slab City, USA” screened at the Virginia Film Festival in 2013. Sebelius lives with his fiancé 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.