About



I am a professor emeritus in art and art history living on California's central coast. My life in art has been shaped by interactions with remarkable artists including Nathan Oliveira, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Richard Diebenkorn. I was also an intern to the art collectors Hunk and Moo Anderson, an early employee of art dealer Larry Gagosian and the first bookstore manager of MOCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles). My book My Art World: Recollections and Other Writings has more details about all of the above along with some essays about many other artists and topics. 

During my 35 year teaching career I taught  studio art and art history at Mt. San Jacinto College, Introduction to Modernism at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and Theory and Criticism in the MFA program at Laguna College of Art and Design. 

Since 2013 I have served on the board of the Sam Francis Foundation and am currently serving as board president of Greenspace: The Cambria Land Trust. 

My writing has appeared in The HuffingtonPost, Hyperallergic, American Art Collector, Arts of Asia, and other publications. My book Disrupted Realism: Paintings for a Distracted World features the works of 38 contemporary artists who add subjectivity and disruption to their imagery. My next book, More Disruption: Representation in Flux will be released in mid 2023. 

My specialities are Contemporary Representational Art, Bay Area Figurative Art and Chinese Diaspora Modernism. 

I offer writing services and research for artists, art dealers and museums. 

How may I assist you? johnseed@gmail.com


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