Stan Olthuis

Mira Vida, 2018, interactive sculpture, acrylic on MDF, 53″ x 36″ x 36″

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About the artist:

Stan Olthuis is a Canadian multi-disciplinary visual artist based in Peterborough, Ontario. His current work is the culmination of an ongoing curiosity with relationships between people and objects. The results are minimalist, engaging and playful with spatial tension and interaction of abstract shapes and colour powered by a palette altered by recent years living in Mexico. Stan is unbiased to materials. Concept and process drive the work. Currently he uses workman’s trowels, power tools, house paint and often found objects to make paintings, wall sculptures and interactive pieces that welcome the viewer’s involvement. His formal art education started in Chicago under Dutch Henrik Krijger, a celebrated master printmaker, type designer, painter, and sculptor. Early influences on Stan’s development were diverse: Salvador Dali, Willem de Kooning, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Rauschenberg. He earned his degree, with special mention, in Experimental Arts from the Ontario College of Art. There he studied under artists such as printmaker Fred Hagan, Group Eleven expressionist painters including Tom Hodgson and conceptual artist Tom Dean. He was co-creator of the content and the creative producer for UNCEDED: Voices of the Land, Canada’s groundbreaking immersive multi-media exhibit representing Douglas Cardinal and Indigenous architects at the 2018 Venice Biennale for Architecture in Venice, Italy. Stan is represented by the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) and Abbozzo Gallery in Canada, Motokawa Gallery in Japan, and is collected on 4 continents. Stan continues to expand his repertoire of materials addressing our relationship to one another and the world around us.

Interior view of Stanley Olthuis' studio. Dyed stripes of cloth on a wooden table.

Stan Olthuis’ Studio

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Installation view of KAST Selections exhibition. From Left: Paul Nabuurs, Bronson Smith, David Hickey

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