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Jason Seiler Created Forever Stamps

Jason Seiler with Stephen Chen

Chicago artist Jason Seiler is the genius behind the digital paintings of Joyce Chen and four other trailblazing chefs featured in the U.S. Post Service’s Limited Edition Celebrity Chef Forever Stamp series. Seiler used the same technique to create image of Pope Francis, the 2013 Person of the Year for TIME Magazine. Stephen Chen, president of Joyce Chen Foods met Seiler in Chicago at the Postal Service's September 26, 2014 launch of the stamp series. (see picture)

Seiler, who was trained to paint with oil and acrylics, used a digital painting process to create images based on photographs of the five late great chefs: Joyce Chen, Julia Child, James Beard, Edna Lewis, Felipe Rojas-Lombardi.

Seiler is an extremely prolific artist, working in caricature, portraits, sketches, character design. He has exhibited his work, published two books, and teaches classes at Schoolism, an online art school run by Toronto-based Imaginism Studios.

Seiler’s life was described in an article by Sam Lucero in The Compass, the Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay (December 13, 2013). According to Lucero, Seiler was born in Green Bay, and grew up there and in other parts of Wisconsin. For two years, he studied fine art illustration at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

Seiler’s work has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Billboard, The New Yorker, Business Week, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Village Voice. He has also created characters for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and also for Disney, Sony Image, New Line Cinema, Universal Pictures, and other film companies.

Seiler sells museum-quality prints from his website, which may be accessed by the link below.