STAN OLTHUIS AOCA
Born in Barrhead, Alberta, Canada
Currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
An internationally recognized and award-winning, mixed-media artist focusing on energy, gesture and time. All his work has a deep connection with drawing; a love affair formed at an early age.
1973 – 1977 Ontario College of Art, Toronto, ON, Canada
Much of my current work takes inspiration from the street.
I’m fascinated by time’s harsh effects on the city’s surfaces, such as construction hoardings, that become layered and weathered while being subjected to random marks that people leave. In stark contrast I observe the sophistication of silken evening gowns shimmering in fashion designer’s store windows. For me a story unfolds.
My art process often includes mis-tinted house paint, acrylics and billboard poster remnants. I like to introduce these materials to each other on a common plane of gessoed wood and execute the work with tradesmen’s trowels, scrapers, and sometimes power tools. Since ‘process’ is my mantra I see every painting as a new experiment and allow the moment to assist in the outcome.
2014 'Rags to Riches', Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, Dec 2014 (Solo)
2014 'Love Art Fair', Toronto, May, 2014 (Group Show)
2014 ‘Game’, Ontario Society of Artists 141st Juried Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto. April, 2014
2014 ‘OCADU Alumni Juried Exhibition’, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, April,2014
2014 ‘Stan’, Gallery Takechi, Kumamoto-shi, Japan (Solo)
2013 ‘Three Friends, Three Views’, Spazio Dell ‘Arte, Toronto (Trio)
2013 ‘True Nature’, MJG Gallery, Toronto, ON (Duo)
2013 ‘Abstract Implications 3 Part II’, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON
2013 ‘Abstract Implications 3 Part I’, Gallery 1313, Toronto, ON
2013 ‘Canadiana’, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON
2013 ‘Fatal Abstraction’, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON
2013 Project Contemporalis, Ritchies, Toronto, ON
2013 Art With Heart, GAS, Toronto,
2012 'Gowns', Furbo Gallery, Toronto, ON (Solo)
2012 'Gowns', Moments Art Gallery, Toronto (Solo)
2011 Invitational Group Show, Loop Gallery, Toronto
1977 Ontario Now 2: A Survey of Contemporary Art, Royal Canadian
Academy of Arts (RCA), Toronto, ON. Juried group exhibition for non-members.
1977 Ontario Now 2: A Survey of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON.
(Glen E. Cummings – Curator)
2014 Ontario Society of Artists 141st Open Juried Exhibition, ‘Game’ Curry’s Award
Art, Life and the City, by David Ross, August 2013
‘OCADU Alumni Assoc. Juried Exhibition’ 2014 Exhibition Catalogue
Ontario Now 2: A Survey of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton, 1977 Exhibition Catalogue
Dossier: 351 – ART GALLERY OF HAMILTON
Curator /Author: Cumming, Glen E.
Collation: 32p. 74 Ill, 21 x 24 cm
Works held in private and corporate collections in Canada, United States, France and Japan.
2007, 08, 09,10, Guest Lecturer, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
2005, Guest Lecturer, OCAD University, Toronto, ON
2001, 02, Course Author & Instructor, Advertising Illustration,
Sheridan College, Oakville Campus, ON
1976 Art Trek, Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services,
Multi-media art instructor for Ontario communities.
1975 Visual Art Teacher, Beacon Christian High School,
St. Catherines, ON
Curatorial and Committees:
2012 / 13 / ongoing, Advisory Committee Member, Seneca College,
Art Fundamentals Program, Toronto, ON
2011, 12, 13, Jury Member, Touched By Fire Fine Art Exhibition,
Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
2002 Adhoc Advisory Committee, Sheridan College, Oakville
Campus. Committee proposed to the Ontario government to
grant 4th year curriculum for Sheridan students. Successful.