Tristesse Seeliger


About the Artist:

Tristesse Seeliger is a Vancouver artist working in mixed media using painting and collage. In 2017 Tristesse completed a large-scale mural for the Vancouver Mural Festival and collaborated on a film for Westbank Corporation which is a part of their exhibition, The Fight For Beauty. Tristesse will be featured in Wired Magazine UK January 2018 issue. Her work has also been featured in SAD Magazine, Scout Magazine, VancouverIsAwesome and Inside Vancouver as well as art blogs For Example, out of London and Design is Kinky, out of Australia. Tristesse has collaborated with Lululemon on window design and her work has shown in different cities in North America. For the past four years, she has been working on a body of work focused on geometry, territories, perception, and cartography. Using the principles in the mathematics of tiling and patterning, the work disassembles and then reassembles maps that focus on the shapes, textures, and color to recreate new territories. These collages are part abstractions part designed object that use a universal language to communicate alternate modes of perceiving land and space.

Tiles - More recently Tristesse has begun to work with the shapes as separate paneled color-fields, using the relationship between the shapes to create the illusion of three dimensionalities. These are painted acrylic works that are a celebration of color and form allowing the audience to interact with the work by assembling the pieces in any way they desire.

Tristesse Seeliger has been an art teacher for 18 years with the Vancouver School Board, is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, a wife to David Crompton and a mom of two beautiful children.



1998 Professional Development Program Education, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC

1996 Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, Emily Carr University of Arts and Design, Vancouver, BC


2018  IN SITU, South Main Gallery, Vancouver BC

2018 Urban Landscapes, South Main Gallery, Vancouver BC

2017 Group Showm The Gallery at The Arts Centre, Whistler BC

2017 Fight For Beauty, Westbank Corp, Vancouver BC

2017 Vancouver Mural Festival: Year 2, Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver BC

2017 Tristesse Seeliger and David Crompton, South Main Gallery, Vancouver BC

2017 Group Show, Arts Factory Art Salon, Vancouver BC

2017 Inspired By The Masters Group Show, Chali-Rosso Gallery, Vancouver BC

2016 ­­­­Cultch Gallery 

2016 Swarm - PAARC, Gam Gallery Studio's, Vancouver BC

2016 Kabuni Artist Spotlight, 1378 West Pender, Vancouver BC

2016 Solo Exhibition, Art at Kafka’s, Vancouver BC

2016 Art Rental Show, CityScape Community Art Space, North Vancouver BC

2015  Anonymous Show, CityScape Community Art Space, North Vancouver BC

2015  East Side Culture Crawl, Acme Building, Vancouver BC

2015  Swarm, Acme Building, Vancouver BC

2015  YVR Airport, Vancouver BC 

2015  Marianne Amodio Architecture Studio, Vancouver BC

2015  The Gam Gallery, Vancouver BC

2014  The Map is Not the Territory, The Gam Gallery, Vancouver BC

2014   The Gam Gallery, Vancouver BC

2014    Group Show, Museum of Vancouver - Science Fair, Vancouver BC


Artist Talks

.      Creative Theory Podcast with Aimée Henny Brown and Ilya Vriyachev May 2018 on iTunes

·      Panel Talks – Fight For Beauty, Westbank October 2017

·      Artist Presentation - Hot Art Wet City Gallery, November 2016

·      Artist Spotlight Talk – Kabuni, Vancouver July 2016


·      Vancouver Mural Festival 2017


·      Wired Magazine UK

·      Westbank Corp

·      Lululemon The Lab

·      Alessandra Branca Inc New York

·      Aritzia

·      Object Space Seattle