International acclaimed American Expressionist Bert Seabourn is a painter, print maker, sculptor and teacher, who experiments extensively with creative vitality.
Seabourn was a Navy Journalist/Artist during the Korean War, and then worked as an illustrator, graphic design artist and art director for 23 years before becoming a full time painter of fine art in 1978.
He is the recipient of several notable honors. In 1976, Seabourn was designated a Master Artist by the Five Civilized Tribes Museum and in 1981, Oklahoma Governor George Nigh awarded him the Governor's Art Award. In 1988, his sculpture, 'Wind Walker', a 23-foot tall bronze was unveiled in Oklahoma City and in 1997, Oklahoma City University honored him with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. In 2004, Seabourn received Oklahoma's Living Treasure Award and in 2009, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award and was named Artist of the Year, by the Oklahoma City Paseo Art Association.
A selected listing of locations of paintings in permanent collections includes: the Vatican, in Rome, Italy; China's National Palace Museum, in Taipei, Taiwan; Moscow University, in Ulytanovsk, Russia; the American Embassy, in London, England; the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, in Washington, DC; the President Gerald R Ford Library Collection, in Ann Arbor, MI; the George and Barbara Bush Collection, in Houston, TX; and in Oklahoma City, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum; the Oklahoma State Art Collection; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; and the Fred Jones (Oklahoma University) Museum of Art.
For over 50 years, Seabourn exhibited throughout the United States plus Europe, Asia and South America. He currently teaches painting at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Oklahoma City and Fine Arts Academy, Edmond, OK.
Married to Bonnie Jo Tompkins for 60 plus years, the couple has three daughters, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Seabourn say's, 'My art is like the Oklahoma winds...ever changing, growing and finding new directions. This stylistic diversity is what keeps my life (and hopefully my art) interesting. I love to paint and I hope it shows'.