Internationally acclaimed American expressionist, Bert Seabourn, who lives in Oklahoma City is a painter, printmaker, sculptor and teacher and experiments extensively with creative vitality.
My work is like the Oklahoma wind, ever changing, growing and finding new directions. This is what keeps my life and, hopefully, my art interesting. I love to paint and I hope it shows.
Bert was a Navy Journalist/Artist during the Korean War and then returned to Oklahoma City to study at Oklahoma City University and worked as an illustrator, graphic design artist and art director before becoming a full-time painter of fine art in 1978. At OCU, Bert was inspired by painter and instructor Roger White and he began experimenting with abstract painting. Abstract expressionism became the style for which Bert is known. He is also known for Native American subject matter in his works but he uses a different approach than Flatstyle art. His sculpture, ‘Wind Walker’, a 23-foot tall bronze was unveiled in Oklahoma City.
Bert is the recipient of several notable honors including Master Artist by the Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Governor’s Art Award, Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Oklahoma’s Living Treasure Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and named Artist of the Year, by the Okla City Paseo Art Assoc.
A selected listing of locations of paintings in permanent collections includes the Vatican, China’s National Palace Museum, Moscow University, American Embassy in London, Smithsonian Museum, President Gerald R Ford Library, George & Barbara Bush Collection, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Okla Supreme Court, Okla State Art Collection, Okla City Museum of Art, Fred Jones Museum, Okla State University and the University of Science and Arts of Okla.
Bert established 50 Penn Place Art Gallery and his work is seen there as well as North Gallery and his home studio. He is a member of Oklahoma Artists Invitational and has participated in 4 shows.