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. 

Education:

1973 – 1977 Ontario College of Art, Toronto, ON, Canada

Artist’s Statement

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. 

          

Selected Exhibitions:

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)

 

Awards:

2014 Ontario Society of Artists 141st Open Juried Exhibition, ‘Game’ Curry’s Award

Bibliography:

Art, Life and the City, by David Ross, August 2013

http://plato2550.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/stan-olthuis-interview/

Catalogues:

‘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

Collections:

Works held in private and corporate collections in Canada, United States, France and Japan.

 

Teaching:

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.