Nesbitt Gallery to exhibit renowned Oklahoma artist

Contemporary Works by Bert Seabourn

Nesbitt Gallery to exhibit renowned Oklahoma artist


The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s newest art exhibit, “Contemporary Works by Bert Seabourn,” will open in the Nesbitt Gallery on Saturday, June 10 with a reception at 7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. The show will run through July 14 in the gallery.

“Bert Seabourn is one of the most impressive living artists in Oklahoma,” said Layne Thrift, Nesbitt Gallery director and assistant professor of art. “His works frequently combine modern expressionist technique with Native American subject matter. We are thrilled to exhibit some of his newest works.”

Seabourn was born in 1931 in Redbarn, Texas and moved to Purcell, Okla. in 1944. His art career began in the eighth grade when he sold a cartoon to King Features Syndicate. In 1955, he began art courses at Oklahoma City University and did freelance work for companies such as Southwestern Bell and Oklahoma Today. His style has evolved from his early cartoons to naturalistic paintings to the abstract expressionism developed during his study at OCU and for which he is most known. He received an honorary doctorate from OCU in 1997.

“Paintings should contest the creative elements: order versus chaos, contemplative versus emotional, raw versus refined,” said Seabourn. “I try to make each piece of art a unique fusion of design, color, form and composition; using a layering of texture with drips, smears, runs and splatters. The responsibility of the artist is to make a unique experience for himself and the viewer.”

Regionally, Seabourn’s works can be found in the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and Oklahoma State Art Collection, as well as in the Vatican; Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C.; American Embassy, London; National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan; Moscow University, Ulyanovsk, Russia, among others.