30″h x 30″w – oil, acrylic, pastel, and resin on canvas
Stephen Selzler is an artist, designer, and brand developer in Dallas, Texas. He earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Baltimore, Maryland in 2008. Primarily working within mixed-media and digital visuals, Selzler draws much of his subject matter from the time spent working within advertising and branding— expressing admiration and reverence for regional entrepreneurialism and characters who inspire others to create aspirational legacies of their own. Stylistic execution of these subjects range from environmental/architectural schematics and brand-forward imagery (hints of Warhol and Lichtenstein here) to abstract and minimalist compositions, yet with an effort to feel cohesive, connected, and deliberately paired.
Selzler’s influences come from a variety of particular artists, designers, typographers, and creative directors from the American midcentury, pop, and postmodern movements to make up his stylistic repertoire. Notable influences include the usual suspects (Warhol, Koonz, Haring, Rockwell, et al), yet incorporate men and women outside the usual gallery setting: Art Fitzpatrick, Wayne Thiebaud, Anselm Kiefer, Syd Mead, Saul Bass, Sefan Sagmeister, Jessica Walsh, Luisa Salas, Paula Scher, Michael Bierut, Ray Eames, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Michael Graves.