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Wendy Artin
updated: 12/01/2015
website: wendyartin.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Stone from Delphi - Aphrodite
Stone From Delphi - Undine
Stone from Delphi - Hermes
Stone from Delphi - Orpheus & Lyre
Stone from Delphi - Menade
Parthenon Frieze Phrygian Cap
Parthenon Frieze Bellowing Bull
Parthenon Frieze Small Portrait with Horses
Parthenon Frieze Apobate with Shield
Parthenon Frieze Craggy Face
Trajan's Column
Alex
Marzia Stretching
Marzia Relaxing
Strawberries
 
Portfolio Keywords:  figurative, gestural, landscape, organic, still life, process, anatomy, animals, architecture, historical
 
 
Stone from Delphi - Aphrodite by Wendy Artin
Stone from Delphi - Aphrodite
watercolor on Arches satin paper
2012
11 " x  7 " 
Stone From Delphi - Undine by Wendy Artin
Stone From Delphi - Undine
watercolor on Arches paper
2012
4 " x  7 " 
Stone from Delphi - Hermes by Wendy Artin
Stone from Delphi - Hermes
watercolor on Arches satin paper
2012
11 " x  9 " 
Stone from Delphi - Orpheus & Lyre by Wendy Artin
Stone from Delphi - Orpheus & Lyre
watercolor on Arches satin paper
2012
11 " x  10 " 
Stone from Delphi - Menade by Wendy Artin
Stone from Delphi - Menade
watercolor on Arches satin paper
2012
11 " x  9 " 
Parthenon Frieze Phrygian Cap by Wendy Artin
Parthenon Frieze Phrygian Cap
watercolor on cotton Khadi paper
2010
41" x  51" 
Parthenon Frieze Bellowing Bull by Wendy Artin
Parthenon Frieze Bellowing Bull
watercolor on cotton Khadi paper
2010
41" x  52" 
Parthenon Frieze Small Portrait with Horses by Wendy Artin
Parthenon Frieze Small Portrait with Horses
watercolor on Arches paper
2011
7" x  10" 
Parthenon Frieze Apobate with Shield by Wendy Artin
Parthenon Frieze Apobate with Shield
watercolor on cotton Khadi paper
2010
41" x  49" 
Parthenon Frieze Craggy Face by Wendy Artin
Parthenon Frieze Craggy Face
watercolor on cotton Khadi paper
2010
41" x  50" 
Trajan's Column by Wendy Artin
Trajan's Column
watercolor on cotton Khadi paper
2009
14" x  22" 
Alex by Wendy Artin
Alex
watercolor on Fabriano Ingres paper
2009
13" x  7" 
Marzia Stretching by Wendy Artin
Marzia Stretching
watercolor on Fabriano Ingres paper
2010
10 " x  8 " 
Marzia Relaxing by Wendy Artin
Marzia Relaxing
watercolor on Fabriano Ingres paper
2011
7" x  10" 
Strawberries by Wendy Artin
Strawberries
watercolor on Arches paper
2011
6" x  6" 

Artist Statement

Stone From Delphi

                 These small fine watercolors are of light washing over the marble surface of Antique statues, as the dilute watercolor tints the surface of the white paper.  The mythological characters are delicate and elegant, even as the beautiful dancer brandishes the sword to plunge into Orpheus.  This latest project of paintings to accompany the classically themed poetry of Seamus Heaney has allowed me to return and repaint a series of old favorite models, the statues of Antiquity.

 Parthenon Friezes

                  A band of horse and rider bodies runs through the middle of the panels. The heads are dotted above, the horses with wild expressions in contrast to the grave gaze of the horsemen. The legs form rhythmic patterns below, counterpointed in the delicate manes and the fluted folds of the drapery. The friezes are full of movement and stillness, depth and shallowness.

                  In these life-sized watercolors of the Parthenon Friezes I have tried to evoke a sensation similar to that of standing before the great sculptures.  The image emerges from the paper with no discernable start or finish. I try to capture all of the gradations of tone within one wet wash, before the brushstroke dries, pushing a dark in here and lifting light out there, to keep the greatest translucency. The irregular surface of the handmade paper lends itself to the depiction of the stains of age, the crumbling of rock. The watercolor is absorbed varyingly and takes on differing hues, from bluish to golden black. I want the illusion to be almost total, for the realism to pull the viewer in at the same time that the marks remind one that this is simply wet pigment that has stained the fibers of paper.

                  Although my paintings are often classical, I studied at the Museum School in Boston and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts when marks, gesture, and atmosphere were of greatest importance. As I travelled more and more the charcoal and oils gave way to a small watercolor box and brushes. Through the streets of Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Boston, New York, Mexico and Guatemala, I have painted indoors and out, subjects from the eternal to the fleeting. The human form and the humble strawberry are endlessly inspiring. 

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

WENDY ARTIN

EXHIBITIONS

2015 From the Roman Studio

Gurari Collections, Boston

Rocks, Paper, Memory

Kelsey Museum, Ann Arbor

2013 Stone From Delphi

American Academy in Rome

Gurari Collections, Boston  

Arion Press, San Francisco  

2011 Parthenon Friezes

Gurari Collections, Boston       

2009 Hadrien Galerie du Passage, Paris        

    Columnae Gurari Collections, Boston

2007 Esprit de Corps

Gurari Collections, Boston     

2005 Toys Galerie du Passage, Paris      

Foro Italico

Gurari Collections, Boston     

2003 Femmine Gurari Collections, Boston     

       Wendy Artin Saint-Gaudens Gallery,

Cornish, New Hampshire

2002 Roma Antica

Gurari Collections, Boston     

2001 Fontaines et Fontanelles

Galerie du Passage, Paris      

Figures Gurari Collections, Boston     

2000 Aphrodite Gurari Collections, Boston      

1999 Rome Claudia Carr Gallery, New York

1998  Acquerelli Galleria Carlo Virgilio, Rome

1997 Atelier Galerie du Passage, Paris   

1996  Rome, Carnet de Voyage

Galerie du Passage, Paris   

Wendy Artin Wiggin Gallery

Boston Public Library, Boston

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Known and Mysterious, Grace Dane Mazur, Arts Fuse 2015 

Being In Time, Jessica Fisher, Gurari Collections 2015

Parthenon Friezes, Alexander Purves, Gurari Collections 2011

Painting the Fluid Figure, Bob Bahr, American Artist Watercolor 2011

Wendy Artin, la Poésie des Ruines, Laurent Benoist, l’Art de l’Aquarelle 2010

Le corps jailli des ombres, Alexandra Bourré, Pratique Arts 2006

Still Life with Flavor, Joshua David, Gourmet Magazine 2003

Wendy Artin, Noemi Giszpenc, ArtsMedia 2002

Wendy Artin, Arts and Minds, documentary film, Julie Kucaj, Bravo Television 2002

Figures, April Gornik, Eric Fischl, Gurari Collections 2001

Artin Craft, Amy Fine Collins, Vanity Fair 2001

Aphrodite, Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Richard Leacock, Gurari Collections 2000

Wendy Artin regard d’aquarelle, Misha de Potestad, Elle Decoration 1999

Wendy Artin, escapades sur papier, Milu Cachat, Cote Sud 1998

In Art, Boston Public Library 1996

EDUCATION

M.F.A Painting, School Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1990

B.A. Fine Arts, French Literature, University of Pennsylvania 1984

École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris 1983, 1985