Hans Wendt was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1973 and raised in Prince Edward Island. He currently lives and works in Millvale, PEI. He has been active as an artist in various mediums for most of his adult life, but began painting seriously following studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design in the 1990s. Since 1999 he has turned his focus to the creation of conceptually driven watercolour paintings.
Recent exhibitions include Recent Work at The Apartment in Vancouver, BC; Oh, Canada, MASS MoCA, Massachusetts, Esker Foundation, Calgary and Gallerie d’Art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, Moncton NB; Hans Wendt/Studio Painting, Confederation Centre Art Gallery; In/Flux: Migrating Culture and Cultural Modernism in PEI, Confederation Centre Art Gallery.
In 2013 he was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award
1992-3 Ontario College of Art (completed foundation year) Mentors included Nobuo Kubota, Zoran Kataranovski
1987-92 Private painting and ceramic courses at School of Visual Arts, Charlottetown. Teachers included Barry Jeeves, Gordon Bellamy and Ron Arvidson
1991-5 Potter’s assistant, Dunes Studio Gallery, PEI
1993-9 Apprenticed as a finish carpenter, cabinetmaker and furniture builder under Robert McKann, Los Angeles, California
2014 Recent Work, The Apartment, Vancouver, BC
2012-2014 Oh, Canada, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallerie d’Art Louise et Reuben Cohen, Moncton NB, Esker Foundation, Calgary, Alberta (Curated by Denise Markonish)
2008 Hans Wendt: Studio Paintings, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I. (Solo exhibition curated by Lee Plested)
2006 In/Flux: Migrating Culture and Cultural Modernism in PEI, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I. (Group exhibition curated by Shauna McCabe)
2005 The Nose of the Beholder, Gallery in the Guild, Charlottetown, P.E.I. (Two-person exhibition)
2003 Hans Wendt: Recent Paintings, The Boiler Room, Port Townsend, Wash. (Solo exhibition)
2000 Darwin and the New Wilderness, Gallery in the Guild, Charlottetown, P.E.I. (Three-person exhibition)
Co-producer, event designer, costume-maker, set designer, graphic designer and music supervisor for over 20 large-scale events with Spacebaby Productions, mostly in Toronto and Charlottetown (1993-2001).
Spacebaby in Droid Trouble, animated film made with Hans Samuelson; presented at the Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, 1995
2013 Long listed for the Sobey’s Art Award
1999-2001 Multiple production grants from the Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts