An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.
I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and other I’ve only recently been introduced to.
The artist I’d like to introduce is the painter Hans Wendt.
Colour Samples. Watercolour on paper 2012
Hans Wendt was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and grew up in Prince Edward Island. Although he studied privately, and spent one year at OCA, Wendt is mostly self-taught. He has also worked in a ceramics studio, as a finish carpenter, cabinetmaker, and boat builder. Before his permanent move to Millvale, P.E.I. in 2005 he lived in Toronto, Los Angeles, and Washington, where he was known as a co-producer of multimedia performances and designer of sets, Brueghelesque murals, and staged events. Although he has worked in many mediums over the years, for more than a decade Wendt has been painting almost exclusively with watercolours. He has exhibited mostly in Prince Edward Island (including a solo exhibition at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, curated by Lee Plested, in 2009), but has also shown in Port Townsend, Washington, and North Adams, Massachusetts (Oh, Canada, Mass. MoCA, 2012-13). His is represented by The Apartmen
t (theapt.ca) in Vancouver, where he has an upcoming solo exhibition in January 2014.
Paper #2 Watercolour on paper. 2007
Other material relating to hans wendt.
The Buzz: Hans Wendt
Sobey Award Long list.
MASS MoCa – Oh, Canada.
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Long Series #1300.
I’ve hit the 1300 mark. In 2009 I set out to do a series of 100, 12×12 inch paintings and it has grown from there. Working on a series like this is hard to describe. Is the work about the exploration of an artistic process, or is it an exploration of obsession? Each piece can stand on its own, and each piece is part of the project as a whole. I’ve shown the work as stand alone paintings, and as an installation. One thing I haven’t done yet is set my thoughts about the project down as an essay, and that is something I should work on.