Robert Seabeck works within a tradition of realism that has been a strong direction historically in American art. His subjects include landscapes, wildlife, flowers and vehicles. Born in Casper, Wyoming, Seabeck attended four colleges majoring in art at each. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at California State in Long Beach and his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Wyoming in Laramie in 1976. Seabeck’s interest in light, color and sculpturesque form led him to begin his series on cars and trucks in the mid-1970’s. The smooth rounded contours of the vehicles are not unlike those of the human figure. The vehicles’ shiny surfaces, however, distort reflections, shadow and color, and it is these shapes and diverse hues that that Seabeck seeks to capture on canvas. Seabeck pursues visual challenges in a highly focused style, which appears to depict things as they are, in the manner of modern realists. He disclaims himself as a photo-realist, preferring to describe himself as a photo-expressionist. Rather than painting in every detail, the artist subjectively includes and excludes specific elements, often reducing backgrounds to a blur of painterly strokes.
From 1978 to 1992, Seabeck served as an artist-in-residence for the Wyoming Arts Council, and has demonstrated painting at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody for the past eleven years. His art is displayed in a number of corporate and private collections and museums including the El Paso Museum of Art, the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming State Museum at Cheyenne, the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody.
“I met Bob Seabeck at the very beginning of my venture into the world of the working artist. We had a publisher in common and have shared lots of good times over the years. Bob’s view and portrayal of the world has always amazed me. He has a way of using form and color that simply cuts to the chase and transforms a scene or object into magic. Bob’s work stands heads above others in its freshness and uniqueness. You can always spot a ‘Bob Seabeck’”.
Ann Hanson, Artist
“Thank you so much for the wonderful artwork in honor of the Whitney Gallery of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West's 50th Anniversary! The design is beautiful and will really stand out among the series of works (commemorating this event)…the combination of words and images—it works really well! Thanks again and I look forward to celebrating with you this summer”! Best, Mindy
Bob Seabeck: Artist, Friend and Fellow Traveler. I like who he is and love what he does.
A gentle and genuine westerner, the artist Bob Seabeck is a keen observer, enthusiastic participant and accomplished portrayer of the landscapes and lifestyles of the West.
Inspired, prolific and technically accomplished, his subject matter ranges from wonderfully rendered cars to cattle and cowboys at home on the range.
His art stylishly reflects his passions, his experiences, and his life.
Wally Reber, Artist, Designer, Museum Director