Reception: February 24th
Wendy Wagner's exhibit will transform the Bosque gallery with paintings, sculpture, and animation. Wagner's work investigates personal narratives from her past and present, drawing on a rich store of invented whimsical iconography. Wagner writes, "As with all of my work, there is a lighthearted curiosity, and silliness. I am rewarded, however, and amazed by how my subconscious mind continually communicates through the process of creating art."
Having grown up in Austin, Texas, Wendy moved in 1990 to attend the Art Institute of Houston. After graduating in 1992 with Honors, she spent the next ten years as a graphicdesigner. During that period she became strongly aware of her desire to return to painting and drawing, a talent that was recognized throughout her childhood. Her work captures her charming, child-like perspective. Wendy was awarded the prestigious Hunting Art Prize in May, 2008 for her painting. For over 13 years, she has exhibited her artworks internationally, as well as in Houston, Texas, garnering a loyal following of adults and children. She recently had a second solo showing in Tokyo, Japan at GTrinity Gallery, October, 2010.
"l embrace youthful innocence, through complex and accomplished artistic methods, both hand-made and high-tech. This has become my distinctive make-believe world that l express in painting, drawing, ceramic, soft sculpture, and animation. There are many things going on in my ‘world’ that I intuitively play out on canvas and paper using a variety of mediums: pencil, colored pencil, tinted gesso, acrylic paint, oil paint, and ceramics. Working in series, my themes are inspired by my childhood, pets, family, and fantasy.”