John Sebelius Biography
John Sebelieus is an interdisciplinary artist who holds an MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Kansas and an BFA with honors in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Sebelius's work has been featured in: Harper's, Express, DETAILS, Review, CNN, Aspen Daily News, The Washington Post and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. John has shown work at Gallery Two in Sydney, Australia, Woods-Gerry Gallery in Providence, RI, Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, Kansas City Artists Coalition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and had a solo exhibition at the Gonzo Museum in Aspen, CO.
Sebelius constantly reworks his painting and in his process he builds up layers of ground and physically removes them in order to connect his subjects and materials on an individual basis. His imagery for each work constantly emerges through a drawing and sanding process. He also works with a colorfully impactful palette. His proces is an attempt to create a descriptive surface that can hold disparate images within a unified field. Memories and dreams surround certain individuals and images contimue to serve has his inspiration for the paintings.
Sebelius artwork focuses on investigating individuals from unconventional communities. He explores his own identity and voice within these diverse subcultures and it has become an essential part of his current artistic practice and process. His most recent work investigates his connection and exploration of masculine cultures and the individuals he lived amongst.
Seblius is an American artist, fashion designer and creator of the board game Don't Drop the Soap™. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Sebelius founded Gillius™ Inc, and created and produced the board game as well as a clothing line. Currently Gillius™ Inc products are sold in over 150 stores across the U.S.
Sebelius's short documentaries have screen at the Austin Film Festival, Tallgrass Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival, Free State Film Festival, and The American School of Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of Congo. The citizens of Lawrence, KS voted him the Best Artist of 2017. Sebelius founded 'Artistics Expressions Healing Arts Initiative' in 2016 that teaches recreational art to veterans suffering with PTSD and it was awarded a Rockets Grant in 2018 and ARTSConnect TOPArts Grant in 2017 and 2018. Over 250 veterans have participated in the art program since it was launched at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center on January 16th, 2018. John Sebelius lives with his wife Allie and dog Norman in East Lawrence, Kansas.