Ted Seeberg is a visual artist based in Vancouver, Canada. He inherited his interest in art from his father and grandmother, both talented painters, and has pursued his love for drawing and painting throughout his life. Ted studied art at Vancouver’s Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design before pursuing an education in architecture. He developed a successful career as a residential designer, working for various architectural firms, as well as launching his own design company, Ted Seeberg Design Ltd.
Despite his conventional career path, Ted continued to fulfill his need for artistic expression – drawing, painting and escaping to the wilderness for inspiration as often as possible. Now dedicating his time to painting, Ted continues to examine his geographical surroundings through his artwork, surveying the raw, complex beauty of Canada’s west coast. Ted’s work is held in private collections in Canada, United States, China, Malaysia, Austria, Switzerland and Australia.
Preferring to express myself in a figurative-abstract hybrid, I am drawn to ambiguous images. Following the words of B.C. artist Jack Shadbolt, who noted a good painting “should hit you in the eyeballs,” I am uninterested in recreating pretty, scenic views, but in creating an alternative with impact. My goal is to start with an acknowledgement of the landscape and move from there into colour, texture, composition, and extrapolation. Regardless of the subject, I want to create an experience that will challenge aesthetic values rather than the intellect. Visual art as visual art.
Jack Shadbolt is quite simply my hero. His work is so strong that I have not yet bought a book about his art to avoid being artistically overwhelmed. I also hold many other painter's work in high esteem. This includes the distorted personal imagery of Phillip Guston, Chaim Soutine and Francis Bacon; the unflinching truthful/ugliness of Egon Schiele and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner; the use of paint by Balthus, Willem de Kooning and Marc Chagall; the playfulness of David Hockney and Paul Klee; the patient observation of E.J.Hughes; and finally the ability of Georgia O'Keeffe to create a religious icon out of the simplest natural element.