Jason Seiler is a Chicago based artist who began his professional career in a rather unorthodox way. After getting in trouble for drawing parodies of his history teacher in high school, Jason’s quick-thinking principle hired him to draw portraits of different faculty members. A professional artist was born. Jason went on to study fine art illustration at the American Academy of Art in Chicago for two years before beginning his professional work in earnest. Jason’s illustrations and paintings have been featured as covers and interior pieces for Adobe, Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Utne Reader, TIME, The New Yorker, Der Spiegel, Business Week, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, MAD magazine, GOLF Digest, AD WEEK, KING magazine, Revolver, Guitar Player, The Village Voice, Penguin Group, Disney, The New York Observer, New Line Cinema, Universal Pictures, Aardman Animation, and Sony Image, among others. Jason also worked with his friends at Imaginism Studios, as a character designer on Tim Burton’s “Alice In Wonderland”, helping to create such characters as the Red Queen, the Tweedles, the Bandersnatch and more. Painted 4 paintings for the film “Escape to Planet Earth”, and most recently painted 6 stamps for the USPS Forever Series.
Jason’s work has been exhibited several times at the Society of Illustrators in New York as well as at the Society of Illustrators West, where he was awarded the silver medal for his portrait of Elvis Costello. In 2014 he was awarded The Patrick Nagel Award for Excellence for his Painting “Mother Can you Spare a Room”, for The Wall Street Journal. His work has also been exhibited in Communication Arts Magazine, American Illustration, Taschen’s Illustration Now! 3, and the book, Digital Art Masters, and Digital Painting techniques by 3D Total. Most recently he was a keynote speaker for the Adobe Max Conference held in October of 2014.
Last but not least, Seiler has been an art instructor for several years with Schoolism.com, the online art school created by Imaginism Studios in Toronto.