PAINTER8 Arts Society


Montreal, QC - NYC


Mixed-media artist Gavin Sewell specializes in contemplative, large-scale collages and intricate wall-sculptures. Often exploring themes of history and time, Sewell’s works can be seen as contemporary takes on mandalas, icons, memory gardens, or totem poles - thought provoking objects in which viewers may find reflective calm or personal insight in the face of deep complexity.

Born in Waterville Maine in 1980 into a family of Shakespearian actors, Sewell drew and painted from early childhood. As an adolescent he apprenticed with local visual artists and attended classes at the Portland School of Art and Colby College. He directed a professional theatrical production at age seventeen and then studied philosophy and classical languages at St. John’s College at Annapolis. He then moved to New York City to attend the Art Students League and to pursue the arts professionally.

Sewell’s paradoxical experience as a vision impaired painter makes him particularly sensitive to the ambiguous, the marginal, and the different. Conceptually his work suggests the interconnectedness of seemingly different things and communities, while aesthetically the work favors rich surfaces that invite the human touch and ask us to ‘see’ them with our hands as well as with our eyes.

He has exhibited extensively in the US, Canada and Europe, including solo shows in New York, Washington and California. His work has been recognized and supported by the Durst Organization, Chashama, NYFA, Kolaj Magazine and the Kasini House. He has done large scale commissions for numerous collectors as well as public art pieces for the DC public school system.

Sewell’s meticulously crafted and durable works are best appreciated over long periods of time, where their interplay of storytelling and hypnotic suggestion invite viewers to imagine their own narratives of the coincidental, the sublime, and the hopeful.

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Safety Dance, mixed media on canvas, 36" x 60"


Taking Flight, mixed media objects on panel, 44" x 32"


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Gavin Sewell, Safety Dance, mixed media, 36x60 inches

Gavin Sewell, Safety Dance, mixed media, 36x60 inches