Opening Reception with Hans Wendt on Saturday, April 6 from 2-4pm
Our second solo exhibition for PEI artist Hans Wendt will feature large and medium-scale photo-realistic watercolour paintings of carefully composed cut, ripped, folded and torn paint samples. Painted trompe l’oeil, the work shifts between photorealism, abstraction, minimalism and conceptual art.
Hans Wendt was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1973 and raised in Prince Edward Island. He has been active as an artist in various mediums for most of his adult life, but began painting seriously following one year of studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1993. He has also worked in a ceramics studio, as a finish carpenter, cabinetmaker and boat builder. Before his permanent move to Millvale, PEI, he lived in Toronto, LA and Washington where he was known as a co-producer of multimedia performances and designer of sets, Brueghelesque murals and staged events. Since 1999, Wendt has focused on 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; and “In/Flux: Migrating Culture and Cultural Modernism in PEI”, Confederation Centre Art Gallery.
In 2013 he was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award. His work is in the public collections of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Benetton Collection and many private collections across Canada and the United States.
He currently lives and works in Millvale, PEI.