Jon Seeman was born in Laguna Beach, California, USA in the early 50’s. From a young age, creating fascinated Seeman. As part of an “artistic family” with a mix of inventors, engineers, and artists in his ancestry, he always felt he had ART in his DNA. He completed his first steel sculpture at the age of fifteen. In his early twenties he moved from the small Californian artist community to Manhattan, NY to become immersed in the art world. He searched for his voice by experimenting with different art media. The first ones he attempted were not satisfying enough. He desired a bigger challenge and to use his hands to create works in the third dimension. That is when sculpting became an urge. Seeman apprenticed with several artisans learning the skills he needed before moving back to Laguna to start his own art studio and continue advanced art education. The goal was to become an artist with an unprecedented aesthetic.
His career as an acclaimed sculptor truly kicked off in Hollywood, CA, through the big players of the affluent film industry. Shortly after opening his Laguna art studio in 1979, he sold his 10-foot high sculpture titled “Pierced Arc” to a well-known moviemaker. Movie stars, film producers and directors took notice of his large-scale steel sculptures and became his first significant collectors, allowing him to develop the recognition of his work at a high level.
Seeman has been most inspired by early abstract modern art. He found the structural integrity of steel gave him the ability to support the balance and feeling of suspension that he expressed in his drawings. He uses innovative techniques to join his engaging forms with almost invisible connections, creating sculptures that are inspired of dynamic interaction between geometric elements, giving the effect of challenging the principals of gravity: “I design without regard to gravity which in turn provides me with the welcome challenges of fabrication.” Seeman constantly invents innovative construction techniques that allow him to exemplify forms in play with implied motion and suspension.
Even with ever growing demand with collectors worldwide, many cities and corporations have commissioned Seeman to design, engineer and create high visibility public sculptures. He continuously challenges himself to go further into the creation process. Now presenting masterpieces with luxury car brand automotive finishes, it is a new chapter that he is starting to write.
“This exhibition is a stunner. The symmetry and elegance of the individual works, placed so as to also dialog with each other, creates a free flowing show.” Liz Goldner, Art Scene.
“The engaging forms of Jon Seeman’s sculpture defy gravity and convey a sense of motion frozen in time.” Alan Abraham – Executive Art Director, Capital One Bank.
J Seeman’s public art can be found:
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Lyon Properties, Ventura West Developers, City of Pleasanton, City of Riverside, City of Laguna Beach, Irvine Valley College, Ford Properties, Concordia University, Pacific Development Group, Marriott Hotel, California State University, Thoreau Institute, KingWord Production, …
J Seeman’s work can be found in Corporate Collections such as:
Forbes & Manhattan US, Mercedes Benz Corporation, The Pacific Company, RBB Architects Inc., McGillivray Freeman Films, Petersen Publishing Company, …
J Seeman’s has been awarded at many occasions; here are a few of them:
Spirit Award-Sculptors Circle, First Place – Indian Wells Arts Festival, Site Award-Sculpture Invitational, First Place-Rancho Mirage Art Show, Civic Art Award, First Place – Echoes & Visions V, …
J Seeman’s works have been published in:
The Sculpture Reference Book, ArtScene, Homes & Land Orange County, Luxe, The Desert Sun, H Magazine, Coast Magazine, Homes & Lifestyles, The San Francisco Chronicle, Orange County Register, …