ALICE WARDER SEELY
NEW MEXICO ARTIST
The Villager (oil on canvas, 48 x 38) Rain Watch (oil on canvas, 48 x 48)
The Wedding (oil on canvas, 32 x 42) The Sisters (oil on canvas 48 x 38)
Hondo (oil on canvas, 48 x 48)
Alice Warder Seely's mixed Indian, Spanish, and Anglo heritage reflects the rich cultural diversity of New Mexico. Seely is the step daugter of Navajo artist Ha-So-De (Narciso Abeyta), "The Gaugin of American Indian Art". Her maternal grandmothers, Eleanor Brownell and Alice Howland, came to Santa Fe from Philadelphia in the 1930's. Seely's paternal grandparents were from the small Spanish village of Guadalupita in Northern New Mexico and were descendents of San Juan and Comanche Indians. Her great grandfather is pictured in the original Pony Express poster. Seely's brother and sister, are recognized Navajo artists. Alice's biological father, William Warder, was a New Mexico muralist and landscape painter. Alice is not a registered Native American.
Seely, who makes her home in Hondo, New Mexico, is a writer, painter, sculptor, and jewelry designer. Seely shows her art in galleries in Santa Fe, Scottsdale, New York, Michigan, and Florida.
Seely's paintings are known for their flowing movement, and dramatic, bright colors. During her childhood and adolescence, Seely painted with her Navajo step-father (Ha-So-De) who strongly influenced her palette and the thematic content of her paintings. She also grew up in the company of Santa Fe artists Cyrus Baldridge, Gustav Baumann, and Josef Bakos; her style also has elements reminiscent of the traditional New Mexico painters of the 1930's and 40's. But, she says, her greatest influence has been her love of Southwest history, its landscape, its fantastic sunlight with ever changing shadows, and the faces and character of her fellow New Mexicans.
Seely's clay sculptures are stylistic, hand-built, clay figures, painted with bright geometric patterns and designs. Her clay figures often have masks that represent Seely's personal struggle with a mixed cultural identity, something she shares in common with other "mixed heritage" people in New Mexico.
Seely has been commissioned to design and install a number of Public Art projects, including large oil paintings and murals, with grant money supplied by various governmental and private organizations.
In 1987, Seely served as a consultant to the New Mexico School of Mining and Technology, where she developed techniques for explosive forming three dimensional images out of steel, copper, and brass. In her documented experiments, she used C-2 plastic explosives to create a mural for Macey Center and a piece for the Center for Explosives Technology at NMSMT, Socorro, New Mexico. In 1987, Seely appeared on Good Morning America to demonstrate her explosive art techniques.
Seely's pewter jewelry, which she designs, casts, and hand finishes, is featured in more than 350 stores and galleries across the country. Seely's jewelry line is produced by Seely in her studio. Her design lines include pins, pendants, necklaces, and bracelets in the following genres: Petroglyphs, Fossils, Friends, Angels and Egyptian. Her latest creation is a line of pins packaged in matchbooks, with writing appropriate to the issues women face as they reach the "prime" of their lives. A sample set of matchbook pins and wooden display box are shown below.
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