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b. 1931 -

Bert Seabourn (born 1931) is an American expressionist painter, known for his stylized and nonrepresentational neo-expressionist artist. In his early career, he published comic book art and realistic pieces, as well as commercial art. He has won multiple awards for his artworks. An alumnus of Oklahoma City University, the school awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 1997.

Bert Dail Seabourn was born on July 9, 1931, at home in Redbarn, Pecos County, Texas to James Augustus Seabourn and F. Leeper Thompson. On July 10, his family took him to the nearest hospital in Iraan, Texas to obtain a birth certificate, causing Iraan to be listed as his place of birth. At the age of 5, Seabourn began to create cartoons, a passion he retained through his high school years.[3] He attended McCamey school from first through sixth grades before moving to Alma, Arkansas and subsequently to Van Buren. In 1944, Seabourn’s seventh grade year, his family moved to Purcell, Oklahoma where he attended junior high and high school. That year Seabourn’s father would move to California alone, and eventually Seabourn’s parents would divorce, leading to his loss of contact with his father.

In the eighth grade, Seabourn sold one of his cartoons to the King Features Syndicate, and the cartoon was then published in an actual comic book. He would later attend Purcell High School and receive his diploma in 1950 having taken no formal art courses. Though he attended college for a short time in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, he put his education on hold to marry Bonnie Jo Tompkins. In 1955 he began night school at Oklahoma City University. While studying at the university, Seabourn worked as a freelance artist for companies such as Southwestern Bell and Oklahoma Today Magazine. Seabourn also began working for Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company, where he would maintain a position for twenty-three years. In 1961, Seabourn graduated from Oklahoma City University (OCU) with a Certificate of Art. In 1997, OCU granted him the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters.
Military service

Seabourn joined the Navy in Oklahoma City, in November 1950 after he noticed friends being drafted at the start of the Korean War. He left for San Diego in March 1951, leaving behind his wife who was expecting their first child, Connie. During his time in the Navy, Seabourn created training brochures that included illustrations of how to evacuate, how to enter and exit a plane, as well as how to put on an inflatable life vest. He later became the art director for the Navy’s monthly magazine for two years before being transferred to Pearl Harbor. At Pearl Harbor, Seabourn was surrounded by artists, journalists, photographers, and writers, who were all shipmates in the Sincpack Fleet. The Sincpack Fleet completed work requests for various ships at sea. While in the Navy Bert’s art was also published in many magazines to which he submitted cartoons. He also completed his first full-time art project—painting the mess hall.


Seabourn’s painting style evolved over the span of his education. Bert began with cartoon-style works at a young age and kept this style through his high school years. Until he began studying at Oklahoma City University, his works were naturalistic, that is, reflected observed reality. But at OCU, he was inspired by painter and instructor Roger White. After some time studying under White, Seabourn experimented with abstract painting. Abstract expressionism became the style for which Seabourn was to be known.

Along with the abstract aspect of Seabourn’s art, he is also known for Native American subject matter of his works. Seabourn was inspired to pursue American Indian subjects after a visit to the Indian Annual, a juried art show at Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum of Art, but he wanted to try a different approach than the Flatstyle art that was then popular.

Seabourn was an active part of the Native American art world until the passage of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act in 1990. As a person of Native American descent with no Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood to prove descent from any Cherokee tribe, it is illegal for Seabourn to publish claiming to be an Indian Artist.

One of Seabourn’s notable works is Wind Walker, a bronze sculpture that stands 23 feet tall and was unveiled in 1988.

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      • Bert Dail Seabourn, Cherokee Portrait
        Feb. 08, 2024

        Bert Dail Seabourn, Cherokee Portrait

        Est: $400 - $600

        Bert Dail Seabourn (b. 1931) Cherokee Portrait mixed media on paper signed lower left: Seabourn

        Santa Fe Art Auction
      • BERT SEABOURN 'ON THE TRAIL' WATERCOLOR ON PAPER
        Oct. 14, 2023

        BERT SEABOURN 'ON THE TRAIL' WATERCOLOR ON PAPER

        Est: $200 - $400

        Bert Seabourn (American b. 1931), 'On the Trail,' 1977, watercolor on paper, depicting five Native Americans hiking through the snow under the moonlight, signed to center right, titled and dated en verso, inscription by the artist affixed en verso, framed. Original receipt of purchase affixed en verso. Approximate dimensions: sight h. 17", w. 23"; frame h. 24.25", w. 30.25", d. 0.75"

        Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
      • Bert Seabourn, Red Tail Mystic, ca. 1970-1980s
        Aug. 15, 2023

        Bert Seabourn, Red Tail Mystic, ca. 1970-1980s

        Est: $200 - $400

        Bert Seabourn (Cherokee, 1931 - 2022) Red Tail Mystic, ca. 1970-1980 watercolor on paper signed near lower left: Seabourn inscribed verso: "Red Tail Mystic"

        Santa Fe Art Auction
      • Bert Dail Seabourn, Night Hawk
        May. 18, 2023

        Bert Dail Seabourn, Night Hawk

        Est: $300 - $600

        Bert Dail Seabourn (b. 1931) Night Hawk watercolor on paper signed lower right: Seabourn

        Santa Fe Art Auction
      • Bert Dail Seabourn, Untitled, 1974
        May. 18, 2023

        Bert Dail Seabourn, Untitled, 1974

        Est: $300 - $500

        Bert Dail Seabourn (b. 1931) Untitled, 1974 watercolor on paper signed and dated lower right: Seabourn / '74

        Santa Fe Art Auction
      • Bert Seabourn (b. 1931) American, Watercolor
        Mar. 05, 2023

        Bert Seabourn (b. 1931) American, Watercolor

        Est: $80 - $120

        Bert Seabourn (b. 1931) American, Watercolor. Depicting a Native American woman elder and a raven. Signed Seabourn in the lower right. Bert Seabourn is primarily a painter of Indian subjects. He is an American expressionist who also paints non-Indian figures, landscapes, and occasionally flowers. As an expressionist, he uses the technique of dripping, smearing, and splattering the paint--acrylic, oil and watercolor. Overall size: 27 1/8 x 21 in. Sight size: 19 1/2 x 13 1/2 in.

        Sarasota Estate Auction
      • BERT D. SEABOURN (B 1931) MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER
        Nov. 12, 2022

        BERT D. SEABOURN (B 1931) MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER

        Est: $300 - $400

        Bert Dail Seabourn (Born 1931) New Warrior 1980 The original watercolor with acrylic is signed lower left and titled back side on a page with verse. Sight size measures 21.25 x 29.5 with a framed size of 34.25 x 42.25 inches. Be aware that internet sales tax applies to all Internet transactions and local sales tax may apply to local pick-up transactions. We happily provide seamless in-house packing and shipping services on nearly everything we sell. Until further notice, we cannot offer international shipping in-house.

        Dirk Soulis Auctions
      • JERRY INGRAM, BURT SEABOURN PAUL SOLLOSY WORKS ON PAPER
        Nov. 12, 2022

        JERRY INGRAM, BURT SEABOURN PAUL SOLLOSY WORKS ON PAPER

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Three original works on paper include: 1. Jerry Cleman Ingram (Born 1941) depiction of a warrior in abstracted landscape. Sight size is 9.5 x 9.5 with a framed size of 16.5 x 16.5 inches. 2. Bert Dail Seabourn (Born 1931) mythological study titled Winter's Eagle, 1975. Sight size is 23.5 x 17.5 with a framed size of 25.75 x 19.75 inches. 3. Paul R. Sollosy (1911-2012), Image measures 12 x 6 with a framed size of 24 x 19.75 inches. Please see the description for measurements. Be aware that internet sales tax applies to all Internet transactions and local sales tax may apply to local pick-up transactions. We happily provide seamless in-house packing and shipping services on nearly everything we sell. Until further notice, we cannot offer international shipping in-house.

        Dirk Soulis Auctions
      • BERT SEABOURN, Medicine Spirit, Painting
        Feb. 12, 2022

        BERT SEABOURN, Medicine Spirit, Painting

        Est: $500 - $1,000

        Acrylic on paper by Bert Dail Seabourn (American, b. 1931). Native American elder in red with owl. Circa late 20th century. Sight size is 29 ¼” x 39 ¼”. Signed at the lower edge. Additional signature and inscription on original backing paper, removed but present. Excellent condition with no visible flaws.

        Blackwell Auctions LLC
      • BERT SEABOURN (B.1931) NATIVE AMERICAN PRINT
        May. 22, 2021

        BERT SEABOURN (B.1931) NATIVE AMERICAN PRINT

        Est: $80 - $150

        Framed limited edition print, Abstract Portrait of a Native American and Owl, signed lower left Seabourn (Bert Dail Seabourn, Oklahoma, b.1931), numbered 728/ 1000, sight: approx 23"h, 19"w, overall: approx 29.25"h, 25.25"w, 6lbs total Start Price: $50.00

        Austin Auction Gallery
      • BERT SEABOURN (B.1931) 'MOON WALKER' SIGNED PRINT
        May. 22, 2021

        BERT SEABOURN (B.1931) 'MOON WALKER' SIGNED PRINT

        Est: $100 - $200

        Framed limited-edition print, "Moon Walker," signed lower left Seabourn (Bert Dail Seabourn, Oklahoma, b.1931), dated 1981, numbered 242/ 300, sight: approx 28.5"h, 21.5"w, overall: approx 34.75"h, 27.75"w, 11.5lbs Start Price: $80.00

        Austin Auction Gallery
      • Bert Seabourn (American, b. 1931)
        Dec. 11, 2020

        Bert Seabourn (American, b. 1931)

        Est: $100 - $150

        Indian Figure and Eagle limited edition print signed in plate and numbered 167/1500 lower right sight: 20 3/4 x 28 3/4 inches.

        Cowan's Auctions
      • Bert Seabourn (b.1931) Watercolor On Paper
        Aug. 01, 2020

        Bert Seabourn (b.1931) Watercolor On Paper

        Est: -

        Titled: Scissortail Warning'. Signed On The Lower Right. Frame Measures Approximately 22in X 28in. Art Measures Approximately 13.5in X 19.5in. Nr12568 Zh

        EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
      • Bert Dail Seabourn "Buffalo Medicine" Artist Proof
        May. 25, 2020

        Bert Dail Seabourn "Buffalo Medicine" Artist Proof

        Est: -

        Bert Seabourn (Born 1931) "Buffalo Medicine" Artist Proof Print. Hand signed in the lower left. In 1976, the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma designated Seabourn a Master Artist, and in 1981, he received the Oklahoma Governor's Art Award. In addition to museums, his work is in the personal collection of George and Barbara Bush and is in the Gerald Ford Library Collection. Artist: Bert Dail Seabourn Title: "Buffalo Medicine" Medium: Artist Proof Print Signature Type: Hand Signed Signature Location: Lower Left Edition: Artist Proof Site Measurement: 14.5x10.5 in. Keywords: Native American, Indian Artwork, Art; Ref: BD1127

        Bradford's
      • Bert Dail Seabourn "War Shield" Ltd. Ed. Print
        Feb. 17, 2020

        Bert Dail Seabourn "War Shield" Ltd. Ed. Print

        Est: -

        Bert Seabourn (born 1931) Artist: Bert Dail Seabourn Title: "War Shield" Medium: Ltd. Ed. Print Signature Type: Signed Signature Location: Lower Right Edition: 482/500 Site Measurement: 17x12.5 in. Keywords: Native American, Indian Artwork, Art; Ref: BD1092

        Bradford's
      • Night Visions - Serigraphy by Burt Seaborn (101056)
        Jul. 11, 2019

        Night Visions - Serigraphy by Burt Seaborn (101056)

        Est: $300 - $500

        Serigraph by Bert Seaborn (1931 - ). Number 18/75, 22 x 30 inches. Date: State/Country: City/County:

        Holabird Western Americana
      • Medicine Spirit - Serigraphy by Bert Seaborn (101055)
        Jul. 11, 2019

        Medicine Spirit - Serigraphy by Bert Seaborn (101055)

        Est: $300 - $500

        Striking serigraph of a man, an owl, and sun with vivid feathers. #61/75. Signed by artist. 29x22" Date: 1981 State/Country: City/County:

        Holabird Western Americana
      • Black Hawk - Serigraph by Bert Seaborn (101054)
        Jul. 11, 2019

        Black Hawk - Serigraph by Bert Seaborn (101054)

        Est: $300 - $500

        Native American man with a hawk on his head and sun behind him. Numbered 16/50 and signed by artist Date: 1983 State/Country: City/County:

        Holabird Western Americana
      • Bert Dail Seabourn Signed Original Gouache
        May. 23, 2019

        Bert Dail Seabourn Signed Original Gouache

        Est: $200 - $400

        Bert Dail Seabourn (American b. 1931) signed original gouache painting. Signed and dated 'Seabourn '65' in ink lower left. Title 'Ghost Dance Preacher' and artist information on verso. Unframed, mounted on heavy artist board. Measures 22.75-in. x 15-in. If lot is absent of a condition report a condition report may be requested via email. Condition report is provided as an opinion only and is no guarantee as grading can be subjective. Buyer must view photographs or scans to assist in determining condition and ask further questions if so desired. We ship most items in this auction in house and gladly combine shipping if possible of multiple items.

        Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
      • Night Visions - Serigraphy by Burt Seaborn (101056)
        Mar. 09, 2019

        Night Visions - Serigraphy by Burt Seaborn (101056)

        Est: $150 - $300

        Serigraph by Bert Seaborn (1931 - ). Number 18/75, 22 x 30 inches. Date: City/County: State:

        Holabird Western Americana
      • Medicine Spirit - Serigraphy by Bert Seaborn (101055)
        Mar. 09, 2019

        Medicine Spirit - Serigraphy by Bert Seaborn (101055)

        Est: $150 - $300

        Striking serigraph of a man, an owl, and sun with vivid feathers. #61/75. Signed by artist. 29x22" Date: 1981 City/County: State:

        Holabird Western Americana
      • Black Hawk - Serigraph by Bert Seaborn (101054)
        Mar. 09, 2019

        Black Hawk - Serigraph by Bert Seaborn (101054)

        Est: $150 - $300

        Native American man with a hawk on his head and sun behind him. Numbered 16/50 and signed by artist Date: 1983 City/County: State:

        Holabird Western Americana
      • BERT SEABOURN (NATIVE AMERICAN, CHEROKEE, 1931-) MAN OF MEDICINE Mixed media: 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.
        Feb. 28, 2017

        BERT SEABOURN (NATIVE AMERICAN, CHEROKEE, 1931-) MAN OF MEDICINE Mixed media: 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.

        Est: $160 - $200

        BERT SEABOURN (NATIVE AMERICAN, CHEROKEE, 1931-) MAN OF MEDICINE Mixed media: 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. Framed; lower right signed: Seabourn Provenance: Retha Walden Gambaro, Studio and Collections

        Potomack Company
      • Bert Dail Seabourn, (American, b. 1931), Owl Knows My Name, watercolor, 22" x 28"
        Aug. 19, 2015

        Bert Dail Seabourn, (American, b. 1931), Owl Knows My Name, watercolor, 22" x 28"

        Est: $300 - $500

        Bert Dail Seabourn (American, b. 1931) Owl Knows My Name watercolor signed lower left 22" x 28" Provenance: Property from the Estate of Robert E. Beck, Murphysboro, Illinois

        Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
      • Bert Seabourn (1931-) "Night Visions" Serigraph
        Jul. 02, 2015

        Bert Seabourn (1931-) "Night Visions" Serigraph

        Est: $50 - $10,000

        Artist: Bert Seabourn (1931-) , Title: "Night Visions", Medium: Serigraph, Year or Era Produced: 1983, Signature: Lower left, Edition Number: 2/75, Sight Area Approximate Measurement: 30.25" x 22.25", Weight: Less than 1lb, Note: Watermarks in lower right and left corners

        J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC
      • Bert Seabourn (1931-) Artist Proof Serigraph
        Jul. 02, 2015

        Bert Seabourn (1931-) Artist Proof Serigraph

        Est: $50 - $10,000

        Artist: Bert Seabourn (1931-), Medium: Serigraph, Year or Era Produced: Circa 20th century, Signature: Lower right, Edition Number: Artist Proof, Sight Area Approximate Measurement: 30.25" x 22.25", Weight: Less than 1lb, Note: Watermark in lower left corner

        J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC
      • Bert Seabourn (1931-) Artist Proof Serigraph
        Jul. 02, 2015

        Bert Seabourn (1931-) Artist Proof Serigraph

        Est: $50 - $10,000

        Artist: Bert Seabourn (1931-), Medium: Serigraph depicting Native American with breastplate and shield, Year or Era Produced: Circa 20th century, Signature: Lower right, Edition Number: Artist Proof, Sight Area Approximate Measurement: 30.25" x 22", Weight: Less than 1lb.

        J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC
      • Bert Seabourn (1931-) "B.A.T." Serigraph
        Jul. 02, 2015

        Bert Seabourn (1931-) "B.A.T." Serigraph

        Est: $50 - $10,000

        Artist: Bert Seabourn (1931-), Title: "B.A.T.", Medium: Serigraph depicting Native American man with hawk, Year or Era Produced: Circa 20th century, Signature: Lower right, Sight Area Approximate Measurement: 22.25" x 30.25", Weight: Less than 1lb,

        J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC
      • Bert Seabourn (né 1931) "Falcon Moon" Painting
        Oct. 16, 2014

        Bert Seabourn (né 1931) "Falcon Moon" Painting

        Est: $300 - $400

        1982 watercolour painting from listed American artist Bert Seabourn entitled "Falcon Moon", the image measuring 40" x 30", very nicely framed under glass measuring 54.5" x 44" x 1.5" weighing approx. 25 lbs.

        J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC
      • Bert Seabourn (né 1931) "Falcon Moon" Painting
        Sep. 25, 2014

        Bert Seabourn (né 1931) "Falcon Moon" Painting

        Est: $600 - $800

        1982 watercolour painting from listed American artist Bert Seabourn entitled "Falcon Moon", the image measuring 40" x 30", very nicely framed under glass measuring 54.5" x 44" x 1.5" weighing approx. 25 lbs.

        J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC
      • Bert Dail Seabourn (American, b. 1931) Owl Knows My Name,
        Jun. 01, 2014

        Bert Dail Seabourn (American, b. 1931) Owl Knows My Name,

        Est: $700 - $900

        Bert Dail Seabourn (American, b. 1931) "Owl Knows My Name," watercolor and ink on paper, 22" x 27", signed lower right, framed. Property from the Estate of Robert E. Beck, Murphysboro, Illinois

        Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
      • Native American Lithograph by Bert Seabourn #277
        Nov. 07, 2013

        Native American Lithograph by Bert Seabourn #277

        Est: $100 - $200

        Known as the Cherokee Artist, Bert D. Seabourn was born in Iraan Texas, (USA) in 1931. Limited edition Eagle & Native American face Lithograph, pencil signed, #277 / 1,000. Frame, mat and print are all in good condition, image size is approximately 24" x 24", frame 37" x 37".

        J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC
      • FROM THE COLLECTION OF SUSAN & ALLEN COLES BERT DAIL S
        Nov. 20, 2010

        FROM THE COLLECTION OF SUSAN & ALLEN COLES BERT DAIL S

        Est: $2,500 - $4,000

        FROM THE COLLECTION OF SUSAN & ALLEN COLES BERT DAIL SEABOURN (American, b.1931) Night Shadows, 1982 Watercolor on paper 20 x 28 inches (50.8 x 71.1 cm) Signed lower right: Seabourn This lot is accompanied by a reproduction (edition: 1397/1500.)

        Heritage Auctions
      • Bert Seabourn (b-1931)
        Nov. 18, 2007

        Bert Seabourn (b-1931)

        Est: $500 - $1,000

        Beautiful and large signed original watercolor - "Big Medicine" - depicting woodpeckers and a hidden face. 21-1/4" x 29-1/2" (36" x 44" framed)

        Allard Auctions
      • Bert Dail Seabourn (American, b.1931), "Portrait
        Jun. 01, 2007

        Bert Dail Seabourn (American, b.1931), "Portrait

        Est: -

        Bert Dail Seabourn (American, b.1931), "Portrait of a Native American," c. 1970; watercolor/ink on paper, 20" x 10.5", signed

        Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
      • Bert Seabourn (b-1931)
        Nov. 12, 2006

        Bert Seabourn (b-1931)

        Est: $150 - $300

        Unique, signed original pencil/watercolor of a single Indian subject with a feather, by this noted Cherokee artist. 7-1/2" x 10" (16-1/2" x 14" framed)

        Allard Auctions
      • Bert Seabourn (b - 1931)
        Aug. 12, 2006

        Bert Seabourn (b - 1931)

        Est: $150 - $300

        Bert Seabourn (b - 1931) Superb, signed original Cherokee mixed media artwork titled "Indian Dreaming of Buffalo Hunt". 10" x 5" (17" x 13" framed)

        Allard Auctions
      • Bert Seabourn (1931 - )
        Mar. 12, 2004

        Bert Seabourn (1931 - )

        Est: $200 - $400

        Beautiful signed original egg-wash acrylic on masonite of a single warrior and owl spirit, titled "Pine Ridge Omen" - with award ribbon. 8-1/2" x 11-1/2"

        Allard Auctions
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