Artist in residence
Critical mass The Boston-based artist loves to surround himself with images, models and action figures. It’s a maelstrom of inspiration
Since college, I’ve surrounded myself with walls papered in art, magazine pages and postcards. I’ve felt most at home when barraged by hundreds (or thousands) of images, all competing for my attention in a steady din. I’m an image junkie floating in a sea of possibilities.
In addition to the pictures, models and action figures, over the years I’ve been lucky to be able to collect small artworks from friends and colleagues, which surround me while I work. I think of them as a physical manifestation of their influences on me.
My studio is set up at the back of my loft residence in Boston, Massachusetts. When I jumped careers from architect to illustrator in the mid 1990s, I bought my first Mac. Over the next few years, it became an integral part of my process, so it makes sense that my studio is built around my computer cockpit, while giving me the option to bust back into paint-slinging when it suits.
I tend to pile up things I don’t know where else to put, so there’s very little horizontal surface left to use. Typically, my desks will be cleared only when I need them for a project, but I do eventually get to some critical mass, and a (roughly bi-annual) purge.
Most of the time the maelstrom is contained in my densely packed 13x14ft studio. But I transform the living-room space
at the other end of my loft into a photo studio occasionally, when my very patient wife is at her day job. I like to walk her to work in the morning as a way to touch base and start my working day. If I didn’t need to interface with other people, I’d probably sleep till noon and work well into the night. Dave derailed his career as an award-winning architect to have more fun making images. Visit www.daveseeley.com to see his gallery of book art, film and video game concepts, and more.
Small art works by friends and colleagues looking for a spot to hang ; an elusive project that I’m perpetually looking forward to! Envelopes for taxable receipts waiting to play their part in Tax Hell, playing annually in the first two weeks of April. My euro-comics and graphic novels collection, banished to the studio until I finish building a mahogany book cabinet. Unpaid bills to remind me to keep working, when other motivations don’t seem to do the trick. A sloped drawing table, cabinet, book shelf on heavy duty casters.
Big-ass Homasote-sheathed sloped wall easel, hinged at the top to access storage behind. It’s 6x8ft, but the bottom tray flips in flush for floor standing canvases. Yup, I like to build stuff. ImagineFX magazine on (not in) a trash can. No guilt by association inferred, but a small pedestal-like surface on which to delay its final destination. A silver saxophone fragment – because it’s gorgeous. I love beautifully made objects in various states of neglected natural decay. I fell in love with high-end genre statuary and sometimes get lucky when clients I’m working for send them to me for reference use… then let me keep them. There aren’t a whole lot of perks in this job, but that is one of the best.
My main studio is the back portion of a downtown Boston loft space. The front of the loft is our living room and I have two roll-down nine-foot- wide backdrops for photographing models against.