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The intensity of Hong Kong at night, a funny interaction with a stranger in an elevator, the wonder of discovering a treetop cafe in Vietnam- I am interested in moments surrounding energy, memory, sensory experience, and connection.

Surrounded by beautiful landscapes, jagged coast, and diversity of art and culture, growing up in SF Bay was an incredible start to my love of exploration. Today, I use a circular process of exploring, photographing, and painting to fuel the work. Influences include urban cities, graphic design, music, graffiti, nature, science, spirituality, and symbolism.

In the studio, I'm focused on color, mark-making, process, and materials. Works are an amalgamation of traditional and non-traditional methods and materials including acrylics, enamel, sanding and scraping methods, and incorporation of art remnants, travel mementos, duct tape, and recycled and found materials.

There is a point in the process where a certain energy and rhythm begin to form. This is where it gets interesting - the mind and body are open, senses are heightened, and the energy is high. 

After many years of painting practice, the work is raw, bold, rhythmic, and layered. The juxtaposition and intersection of form and materials, typographic elements, organic drips, built-up textural surfaces, and a unique rhythm form most recent works.

Ultimately, my work is about exploring, translating, and communicating energy.


Kelly Seeber is a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellow. Solo exhibit, "CIPHER Series: Select Works" is currently on display at Parkway Printshop in Williamsburg, Virginia (through October, 2022). Solo exhibit, "Rhythm and Flow: The Energy of Movement" was held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 2018.

Seeber's work has been featured in Studio Visit Magazine (issue 45), Design Crush, the MOMA blog, TheArtHunters, as well as local newspapers and magazines. Seeber's abstracts are held in private collections throughout the United States.

Seeber, a self-taught painter, earned an Associate degree in Liberal Arts, and a Bachelor's and Master's of Science degree focused in research. Originally from San Francisco Bay, Seeber began exhibiting her art in 2015, and now lives and works in Virginia.

Besides painting, Seeber loves yoga, writing, and travel and portrait photography (click here to see).

Instagram: @UrbanTheoryStudios
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