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Ambiguity and intrigue in Art and Food by Walter Ryce

Ambiguity and intrigue in Art and Food by Walter Ryce

Art appraiser, adviser and curator Lily Yu owned two restaurants that doubled as art galleries, so her Paintings and Pairings event, a conjunction of Chef Soerke Peters and artist Paul Seftel, is a natural progression.

It’s a free art opening in The Village Corner, comprising about 20 pieces titled Arts Techtonic, Forces of Nature by Paul Seftel. That’s followed by a four-course dinner ($95) of Peters’ “abstract cooking” that matches the themes, colors and processes of the art. It’s all paired with by wine from Albatross Ridge and conversation likely to veer in a few directions.

One may be the elusive concept of blockchain technology. It’s the encrypted, shared, decentralized network that powers transactions like Bitcoin, and variously described as revolutionary and as hype.

“It’s being adapted into all kinds of industries, one of which is art,” Yu says. “Remember when we didn’t trust buying things online? ‘No, I want to drive to the store and see it and pay a person.’ Now we buy everything online. After a while, [blockchain] will just be the way.”

Seftel is experimenting with it to register, authenticate and archive his paintings, but it’s a separate conversation from the content of such.

“[My art] is inspired by the landscape of this country,” says the British-born 44-year-old. “These [paintings] come from observing the endless changing horizons, mist on landscape, fire on the hills, our sense of place in time.”

He uses minerals with different colors and properties to make his own paints, which he applies onto the canvas, layer by layer, building up textures, peaks and valleys, topographies and cosmologies, landscapes of space and color.

He saved up his money and started traveling as a teen – to North Africa, Southeast Asia, New Mexico, New York, Europe, Central America – and he says that gave him an existential perspective of being part of this “rock floating in space.” He’s in a good spot now, with a spacious studio in the American Tin Cannery, a supportive colleague and friend in art like Yu, and a Peninsula contemporary art scene he describes as sleepy: “Other places, you get lost in a tremendous crowd of oversaturation. Here, we’re blessed with the inverse.”

He’s looking forward to the food at the event, food that will be crafted to match his paintings. Lily Yu doesn’t even speculate what that’s going to be like, but is excited about the fusion, saying, “Both Paul and Soerke are innovators.”





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New York Times Article

New York Times Article

New York Times Coverage of my large scale installation 'Detroit Phoenix' at Greg Holm's restaurant 'Antietam' in Detroit


"The frescos on the walls were created by Paul Seftel with ground-up rocks and oxidized metal in a new take on ancient Egyptian processes."

Washington Post

Washington Post

Piece about the food mecca that Detroit has been becoming featuring my 25ft aluminum, quartz, limestone and iron oxide 'Detroit Phoenix' painting.

Carmel Magazine

Carmel Magazine

Painting featured in Carmel magazine with friends and  owners of Big Sur Canna + botanical. 

The Gravity of Art Painting Galaxies and Worlds on Canvas

57 / 65 Degree Magazine

57 / 65 Degree Magazine

Vogue Magazine

Vogue Magazine

Joshua Bell Hosts an Education Through Music Benefit

My work with oxidized mineral pigments 2007 becomes the perfect 'step and repeat' painted backdrop. 

Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest

Two large scale dyptics using oxidized metal minerals 2007/2009  featured

Photographed in Architectural Digest

Article In Art Voices magazine

Article In Art Voices magazine

by Nicole Borgenicht

Art Into Life:  PS PROJECT SPACE

Art Into Life: PS PROJECT SPACE

Article about running a Project Space as an Artist in New York City

Indian Country Media Network

Indian Country Media Network

Artefuse review

Artefuse review

The Ninth Wave. Exhibition