Wendy Skog

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About the Artist:

Skog studied art at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.  

Influenced by the New York School of painters, Skog has been an abstract painter since the late '80s.  Her artistic growth and development in the medium of acrylic on canvas has been enhanced by attending the prestigious Emma Lake Artists' Workshop in Canada and the Triangle Artists' workshop in New York.  Skog has had the great benefit and privilege of studio critiques by Karen Wilkin, the notable New York critic, and Ken Carpenter, Chair of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto.  Skog has frequently traveled to  Toronto, New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles to study art in major public museums and private galleries.


The paintings of Wendy Skog have been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in Canada and the United States.  They have been internationally included in both corporate and private collections.

Résumé:

Education

Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Professional Teaching Diploma, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Solo Exhibitions

2016    The Blue Hours, Martin Bachelor Gallery, Victoria B.C.

2014    Nuance, Martin Bachelor Gallery, Victoria, B.C.    

2012    A Visual Parade, Martin Bachelor Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

2011    Simple Acts of  Color, Eclectic Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

2010    The Answer to Everything, In-studio exhibition, Victoria, B.C.

2008    What Color is that Red?, In-studio exhibition, Victoria, B.C.

2007    White Winter, In-studio exhibition, Victoria, B.C.

2006    Metaphor, Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

2004    A Kind of Poetry, Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

2004    Still Life Sanctuaries, Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

2004    Musings on the Unnatural Landscape, Gallery at the Mac, Victoria,B.C.

2002    Analogue Highway, Martin Bachelor Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

1998    Full Spectrum, In-studio exhibition.        

1998    A Brief Review of Work: From Emma Lake to Present, Victoria Public Art Gallery, Victoria, 

1994    A Pivotal Moon, Vanderleelie Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta.

1992    The Colors of Chaos, Open Space Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

1992    Driven to Abstraction, John Ramsay Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

1989    Victoria's First Exhibition of Abstract Painting, Winchester Galleries, Victoria, B.C.

1988    Emma LakeRevisited, In-studio exhibition, Victoria, B.C.

1987    The Looking Glass, North Park Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

1986    The Personal Touch, Arends Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

1986    Primary Colors, Winchester Galleries, Victoria, B.C.

1985    Figures, North Park Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

1984    Friends, Victoria Public Art Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

 

                                    

Group Exhibitions

2015   Doubletake, two person exhibition,  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

2014    Digitial Imagery Exhibition, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, B.C.

2014    Black and White Essentials,  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Massey Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

2012    Art Incognito, Vancouver Island School of Art, Victoria, B.C.

2011    James Bay Community Project, Victoria, B.C.

2010    Abstractions, Coast Collective Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

2010    Art of All Sorts, Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, B.C.

2008    Two Artists, P.S. Gallery at Place, Victoria, B.C.

2007   Closing Exhibition of Gallery Artists, Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

2007   Motivation, Power, and Achievement Society Benefit, Ironworks, Vancouver, B.C.

2006    Christmas Exhibition, Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

2005    Christmas Exhibition, Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

2002    Drumming on the Canvas, Ironworks, Vancouver, B.C.

2001    Renaissance, Artworks, Sacramento, California.

2001    Cavities, Arc Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

2000    Arts2000, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Millenium Exhibition, Stratford, Ontario  

1999    Arc Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

1999    To Remain at a Distance, Island Invitational Exhibition, Open Space Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

1999    Vanderleelie Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta.

1993    Vanderleelie Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta.

1990    Tsitika Valley -Robson Bight, Wilderness Treasures of Land and Sea, Robson Square Media Center, Vancouver B.C.

1990    Triangle Open Day Exhibition, Triangle Artists Workshop, New York.

1987    Victoria Public Art Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

1987    Spring Things, Arends Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

1986    Winchester Christmas Exhibition, Winchester Galleries, Victoria, B.C.

1986    North Park Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

1986    North Park Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

1985    Victoria Public Art Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

1985    Artists in City Hall, Victoria City Hall, Victoria, B.C.

1984    Christmas at North Park, North Park Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

1984    Winchester Galleries, Victoria, B.C.

1984    Fall Colors, Arends Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta

1984    In Celebration of City Artists, Canada Arts Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

1984    North Park Gallery, Victoria, B.C.

1985    Artists' Cooperative Exhibition, Royal Bank, Victoria, B.C.

1979   Untitled: About Buildings, (two person exhibition) Prince George Public Art Gallery, Prince George, B.C. 

Professional Development

1979-87    Engaged in exploratory painting in both oils and acrylics.  Self-directed studies and technical research in painting, sculpture, and architecture from Greek civilization through Renaissance art to contemporary works of art, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C.
1986-87    Artist-in-residence, Victoria School District, Victoria, B.C.
1987        Traveled to Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles to study art exhibits in public museums and private galleries.
            In-studio critique from Karen Wilkin, New York critic.
1988        Participated in the Emma Lake Artists' Workshop in Saskatchewan, Canada:  thirty juried artists worked in residence in an open studio environment sharing and exchanging ideas and critical feedback.  Other participants included Bill Perehudoff, Dorothy Knowles, Harold Fiest, Greg Hardy, Jonathan Forrest, and Pat Service.
1990     In-studio critique from Karen Wilkin, New York critic.
           Participated in the Triangle Artists' Workshop in New York, founded by Sir Anthony Caro and  British collector, Robert Loder:  Thirty juried participants and one critic-in-residence.  Intense studio critiques. International crossbreeding of ideas among artists from various cultures and countries.
1994      In-studio critique from Karen Wilkin, New York critic.
1995      In-studio critique from Ken Carpenter, Chair of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto, Canada.
1987-2000     Art Teacher, Victoria School District, Victoria, B.C.
1997        Studied art by traveling to New York museums and galleries.
1998        In-studio critique from Karen Wilkin, New York critic.
2002     In -studio critique from Ken Carpenter, Chair of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto, Canada.
2004       Designed and facilitated an in-studio art workshop series for emerging artists entitled The Poetics of Painting.
2007       Designed and developed the online gallery, www.wendyskog.com        
2008      Made an honorary member of the IMAGES&POETRY project, International Artistic-Literary Movement, Torino, Italy.
2009        Designed and facilitated an in-studio workshop entitled The Zen of Abstraction
2010        Studio promoted by Canadian Tourism Commission as a destination point for international visitors.
2011        Created and presented Light on Abstraction 5 day workshop at MISSA, Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific.
2012        Served on the BC Arts Council Visual Arts jury.
2014        Created and presented Keys to Abstraction 5 day workshop hosted by the Vancouver Island Artists Workshops, Victoria, BC.
2016        Created and presented Aspects of Abstraction, 2 day workshop at MISSA Lester     B. Pearson College of the Pacific.    
    

Corporate Collections

British Columbia Art Collection, Victoria, B.C.
P. Klassen Inc., Victoria, B.C.
R. Ley and Associates, Vancouver, B.C.
Walter MacKenzie Science Center, Edmonton, Alberta
Gulf Oil, Calgary, Alberta
Victoria Public Art Gallery, Victoria, B.C.
Bergerman Inc. Victoria, B.C.
Scotia-McLeod, Vancouver B.C.
P. Cornish Inc. Calgary, Alberta
Esso Petroleum, Calgary, Alberta
Victoria School District, Victoria, B.C.
ASKA Film International, Montreal , Quebec
Art Bank of British Columbia, Victoria, B.C.
Braemar, Agoura Hills, California
Equity Offices, Sacrament, California
Capital Builders, Sacramento, California
Trade-X, Victoria, B.C.
CHIS, Victoria, B.C.


Reviews

Nutting, Elizabeth, “Painters Dance – A Profile of Wendy Skog”, Cut to Magazine, Feb 1989
Hatherly, Joanne, “Home is Where the Art is”, Times Colonist, March 2004
Amos, Robert, “Abstract, yet structured: That's mature painting”, Times Colonist, October 2004
Amos, Robert, “Wendy Skog 'A Kind of Poetry'”, Canadian Artists and Resource Directory,     October 2004, http://www.artistsincanada.com/php/article.php?id=615
Hogan, Danielle, “The Bold and the Beautiful”, Monday Magazine, April 2006
Blennerhassett, Patrick, “Imagination Key to Appreciate Abstract” Victoria News, Nov.  2007
Exhibit-V “Wendy Skog at Eclectic Gallery”, U-tube video interview, March 2011
Exhibit-V  “A Visual Parade”, U-tube video interview, May 2012
Lavin, Laura, “Artist Explores Energy”  Victoria News, May 2012
Exhibit-V  “Nuance”, U-tube video interview, March 2014 
Exhibit-V  “Doubletake”,  U-tube-video interview, April 2015

Statement:

In my creative practice, each piece is intended to have a subtle registration on the senses so that the experience is more indescribable than logical.  I omit the material object from my work to allow an appreciation for something for its sake, rare in our material world.  

When the visual imagination has been captured by encountering an abstract piece, nuance can draw the viewer beyond the plane of the canvas to a place of bewilderment where something entirely new is experienced.  In my work, the violent or disturbing and the excruciatingly beautiful are paradoxically blended in the interaction of color, line, light and shade in an abstract journey with no particular destination.  The cyclic process of adding, subtracting, and editing creates a discernible surface texture and eventually produces a record of my relationship with the painting that when complete becomes the painting itself, a work of layered complexity.

Most of my work has been created in the traditional medium of acrylic on canvas.  However, recently I spent a few years mastering a new medium for the new digital world.  I originally set out to prove to myself that fine art must be made with the human hand in intimate contact with the medium.  Creating abstract images on the computer was much more difficult and challenging than ever imagined.    Incorporating techniques from a photo, collage, traditional print-making, digital manipulation, drawing and painting, the images are developed incrementally.  Interesting variations of the image are produced and printed on the particular archival substrate that most enhances the emotional and visual qualities of the image.  Special pigment ink is used to ensure longevity over many decades.  Each piece is an original, singular, non-edition print.  And the results of my philosophical experiment?  I discovered that art is made in the brain and heart and that the hand or the technological substitute is only a willing servant.  

Typically in any medium, my work searches for an element of mystery as the paintings subtly approach image without becoming anything at all, so that in striving for conceptual meaning the viewer is gently turned back to the purely aesthetic experience.  

– Wendy Skog

Additional Information:

Website: http://www.wendyskog.com/

Associated Exhibitions