Dave Seeley is a figure painter living in Boston, MA. Making things has been essential to his satisfaction for as long as he can remember. After earning dual degrees in architecture and fine art from Rice University, he embraced an architecture internship in Los Angeles, revelling in the city’s vibrant arts culture.
Over a decade working as a lead architect earned him national design excellence awards. Despite professional success, Dave’s passion for visual art never waned, and a global travelling fellowship allowed him to explore and draw inspiration from diverse artworks worldwide. That began a transition to art collaborations with pulp culture icons Lucasfilm, Marvel, Sony, Microsoft and Disney, and reignited his pursuit of fine art and teaching at Rice and The Art Institute of Boston.
Dave has showcased his artwork in solo and group exhibitions culminating in the publication of his art monograph, “The Art of Dave Seeley.” While maintaining a presence in the juried IX Imaginative Realism art show since its inception over a decade ago, his focus has shifted from commercial to personal figure works. To those, he brings a fluency in the language of image making with accents of pop culture, western mythology, the grimmest of fairy tales and hints of ethereal transcendence.
Artwork Themes & Subject Matter
Dave’s work is a celebration of human form in its potential for beauty and expressiveness. Obscured ephemeral glimpses of perfection fuel his search for subjects and paint marks. In his words, “God — and the devil — is in the details.” Dave’s work often explores the human relationship to our world, in both a physical and spiritual sense. “I’m obsessed with our timeless ‘elemental’ connection to our world, and the alchemical way our minds form imperfect explanations and mythologies to rationalize it. My own sensibilities tend toward agnosticism and science, but our profound need as a species to make sense of ourselves is essential to our psyche. So, while our narratives are inherently fanciful, our need to explain our existence is certain.”
Dave’s paintings have been featured in notable magazine and online sources including The Art of Dave Seeley, Fantasy Art Masters, Master’s of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art, Sideshow Fine Art Prints, Infected by Art, Spectrum, Expose and ImagineFX Magazine.