James Sebor: See, Seek

Portrait of André Breton

Portrait of André Breton

He describes it as a series of experimentation with negative and positive space. The result: a collection he calls “The Great Invisibles.” James Sebor further distills the process to its bare essentials: “By breaking down an image into two values of black and white, similar to a Rorschach ink blot, one begins to see new characters and objects that can be redrawn into those shapes.” The pareidolia (seeing faces in unusual things or seeing things that aren’t there) he orchestrates, however steep his palette is in surreal psychedelia, is still accessible. His grasp of subconscious story telling and intuitive play provokes as well as rewards the mind of the viewer.

James Sebor grew up with a third parent – television. Television is, by its very nature, a surreal world. And to the fertile mind of a naturally creative child, unfettered by adult perceptions, it’s a world of limitless possibilities. Aside from early TV exposure to artists like Max Fletcher and Chuck Jones, James has been influenced by other artists such as Hieronymus Bosch, René Magritte, Thomas Hart Benton, M.C. Escher, Vincent Van Gogh, and Francisco de Goya.

He obtained a BA from Southampton College on a full scholarship and continued graduate studies at New York’s School of Visual Arts. Early on he was a prize winner in an international art competition held at the Pyramid Gallery in NYC. He was juried into the Parrish Art Museum with his “Horton Plaza” painting and then showed “Lunch”, “Breakfast” and “The Art of Fishing” at the Peri Renneth Gallery in Southampton. He then left Long Island for Oceanside California, where he found the closest thing to an artist’s “heaven on earth,” a studio over a pizza parlor. He worked there for three years, appeared in two shows, and further developed his vision as an artist.

Today, he lives on Shelter Island NY, playing the gallery game, playing drums in a band and married to a psychologist. His work has been published in books (Metamorphosis) and magazines (Cover LI PULSE May 2008). He has been invited to two (2003 and 2006) international Surrealist Exhibitions and has sold pieces through galleries and the web to clients in the US and as far away as Indonesia.


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