John Seed with "Wine and Roses"

The Cambria Center for the Arts (CCA), 1350 Main Street, is pleased to invite the public to the Gallery’s next show, John Seed:  Paintings from Then and Now.  An opening reception will take place on Saturday, September 3, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.  The exhibit will adorn the Gallery walls through October 30.

     When John Seed first showed his work in 1984, he was creating large oil paintings with bold, expressionistic subject matter.  He now paints small semi-abstract watercolors loosely based on local scenery.  Seed’s CCA exhibition will feature three large oils, including “Wine and Roses” that was included in his 1984 one-man show at Newspace Gallery in Los Angeles.  The exhibit also will showcase a broad selection of Seed’s watercolors.  

     While attending Stanford University, Seed was an intern to the art collectors Hunk and Moo Anderson.  After graduate work in art at the University of California Berkeley, he worked for the art dealer Larry Gagosian, and he became the first bookstore manager for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.  Seed’s life in art was shaped by his interactions with remarkable artists, including Nathan Oliveira, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Richard Diebenkorn.  

     Seed is now professor emeritus of art and art history at Mt. San Jacinto College, following 35-plus years teaching at the College, as well as the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and the MFA program at Laguna College of Art and Design.  Now a noted art writer and independent curator, Seed’s writings have appeared in many publications.  His 2019 book Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World features the works of 38 contemporary artists who add subjectivity and disruption to their imagery.  His next book More Disruption: Representation in Flux will be released in mid-2023.

     Seed has lived in Cambria since 2018 with his wife Linda and two younger daughters, Evan and Condee.  He currently is serving as the Board President of Greenspace: The Cambria Land Trust.  The exhibit opens on-line Saturday, September 3, at 11:00 a.m. at:  cambriarts.org/gallery-exhibits/.