A Day in the Studio of Alexandra Seils

A Day in the Studio of Alexandra Seils


Alexandra Seils' painting stems from a (re)connection to the origins and a quest for something new. The central theme of her works is nature. The fascination of the living diversity finds expression through colour-explosive, often abstract and large-scale works. They transport the viewer to a world full of wonders, individually unfolding to inspire amazement.

We visited Alexandra Seils' studio in Lübeck, Germany, and spent a day with her. We talked to the artist about her path to art and her upcoming exhibitions.


Alexandra Seils at work
The artist at work


Alexandra Seils, when did you know that you wanted to become an artist?

At the age of six. I had the idea of becoming an artist, thinking that it would be an easy way to make a lot of money with very little effort. In reality, I discovered that being a successful artist requires a lot of hard work, passion, and perseverance.


How did you become interested in art?

I am not exactly sure. I've always just "done" art, and my life has naturally evolved that way. I never consciously set out to become an artist. However, there were some key moments in my life that set the course towards visual arts:

At the age of 19, I drew a hand that was so free and powerful that I realised art was more than just a hobby - it was a realisation, an epiphany...

In 2005, I founded a painting school and offered painting classes for children. During a school anniversary celebration, I displayed some of my own drawings. When the guests asked if I would sell them, I was surprised, because I hadn't expected that and it wasn't my goal.

Over time, various cultural institutions approached me about exhibiting my work. Of course, I said yes. Art started to take up a more significant part of my life. Now my life revolves 100 % around art. All my efforts go into working on new projects.


The drawing table of Alexandra Seils
The drawing table of Alexandra Seils


What inspires you?

Nature, people who surround me, mythology ... It is not so much the external or visual aspect that inspires me. More often it's what touches me internally that serves as inspiration. Many of my works can be associated with fields of flowers, where you can sense the blooming, the fragrance, and the movement of the wind. Such paintings are usually created after I have spent a lot of time outdoors.


Which artist has had the greatest influence on you and your work?

I have been more influenced by art movements. I love the Informalists, Expressionists and Impressionists. Those are the most influential ones to me. Closely followed by the Dutch when everyday scenes were depicted.


Where do you prefer to paint?

I prefer to paint where I have space, where I can spread out all my colours. Most of the time, in my wonderfully spacious studio, but it can also be in a meadow or on our boat. When I'm on the boat, I paint and draw with watercolour and gouache.


What does a typical day in your life as an artist look like?

There is no such thing as a typical day. An ideal day for me starts with listening to music, followed by spending the rest of the day in the studio, immersed in painting and revelling in colours. For example, during my "holiday," I found myself drawing every day and reading for my portfolio project, "22 Secrets." I explored various mythological themes.

In July '23, I spent a week and a half at the workshop for printmaking Keystone Editions in Berlin, working on the first eight out of 22 lithographs for my portfolio. It was an incredible experience, and I'm looking forward to more work at the print shop.

Of course, there are also - quite typical - administrative days in the life of an artist - dealing with marketing, and accounting. And something that is actually enjoyable - planning, organising, and realising exhibitions.


Alexandra Seils: working outdoor
Working outdoor


Which material and techniques do you prefer to use?

Anything that is soft, flowing, or supple. I mostly use oil paint, watercolour, and gouache.


What was your most memorable experience?

I am one of those fortunate people who have had many wonderful experiences in life. I am grateful for my family, friends, work, and my living surroundings. There are so many beautiful moments and special experiences that I can't pick just one.


What advice would you give to young artists who are just beginning?

As simple as it may sound, "Stay true to yourself." "Keep on going" and "Follow your heart!" And that if your personality allows, forming or joining a group of artists can be wonderful.


Have you discovered another artist on artSOLITAIRE whose works you admire?

Most definitely the works of Raimund Pallusseck. I have seen his original works and know the power and depth they hold. His paintings open up worlds. In very special light moods, his paintings reveal their mysteries.


What do you think you would be doing today if you hadn't become an artist?

Nothing. I am an artist with all my heart and soul! It's like asking a bird what it would do if it hadn't become a bird ...


Alexandra Seils with her works in the lithography
Alexandra Seils with her works in the lithography


Do you have a favourite museum? If so, which one and why?

I don't really have a specific "favourite" item. I can find something to appreciate everywhere. I love museums that captivate me, where time flies by without me noticing, where exhibits invite me to linger, marvel and melt away. And there are quite a few of those.


Do you have a current favourite among your works?

Actually, I'm currently in love with my sketchbooks from my summer holiday. They offer me an incredible amount of inspiration. They are unconventional and exciting because they were created with the aim of allowing everything to happen, resulting in remarkably free drawings and inks.


Which exhibition or award are you particularly proud of? Or are you currently planning an exhibition?

Since 2019, Raimund Pallusseck and I have initiated the exhibition series "von Musen und Mächten". Our aim was to combine our paintings with other art forms such as literature and music. This year, we invited two guest artists from Denmark and France to "von Musen und Mächten 4" and had open studios for a week in addition to the exhibition. It was a beautiful experience for both the visitors and for me. Observing colleagues at work and witnessing the development of their work is one of the most exciting moments I know, as it is somehow akin to invention and discovery.


Alexandra Seils, you have three major exhibitions coming up in the first half of 2024.

Starting in March, I'll be showcasing paintings at the Order House of the Grand Lodge in Berlin. These works have emerged from my "22 Secrets" tarot card portfolio project, focusing on human existence and the grand and subtle connections of creation in the world and the cosmos.

From April 2024 on, I will be exhibiting several large works on the theme of "Creation" at St. Mary's Church in Flensburg. These works are all still in progress, which is a challenge that fills me with eager anticipation.

In May, we will host the 5th edition of "von Musen und Mächten" in our studios. Once again with our guests from Denmark and France. It will be a week of exhibitions, open studios, and evening events.


Alexandra Seils: Stretching a 6 meter large work on canvas
Stretching a 6 meter large work on canvas


Do you have any wishes for your future? What are your aspirations and goals?

On a global scale, I wish for all those in power to approach the world and creation with awareness and selflessness.

For myself, I wish to:
- stay healthy
- give strength to those who view my painting
- continue to be successful in order to be able to realise further art projects.

Thank you very much for the interview!

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