In Tammy Flynn Seybold’s figurative works, the media itself – the lush applications of thick oil paint – have a presence that transcends the representative aspects of the image. Through her bold application and manipulation with a palette knife, the paint has a sculptural quality that brings the subject matter into a third dimension, the viewer’s realm. Through this technique Seybold enhances the intimacy of the viewer/subject relationship. In the last few years, painters have been heavily influenced by digital design and the reproducible qualities of flat, graphic images. Seybold’s paintings have the opposite trajectory, bringing subject matter forward from the picture plane, with tactile immediacy and vibrancy.
A native of the San Francisco Area and graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Tammy Flynn Seybold’s works are strongly influenced by the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the 50s and 60s. Seybold also earned her Masters of Art Conservation Program from Queen’s University, and has worked as a paintings conservator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Seybold has lived and painted in Los Angeles, Paris, Toronto and Hong Kong before settling on Vancouver’s North Shore. Her works have been exhibited internationally and here in Canada, including recent shows at UBC, Basic Inquiry, Silk Purse and in the Harmony Arts Curatorial Show.