On Wendell Gladstone

On Wendell Gladstone

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: On Wendell Gladstone
Highlighting the artist's practice and newly released edition with ART FOR CHANGE

Wendell Gladstone with his print Fingerless Glove (2024). Image courtesy of the artist.

Take a closer look at Los Angeles-based artist Wendell Gladstone’s newest limited edition print, Fingerless Glove, which is now available for purchase at artforchange.com

Wendell Gladstone’s figurative compositions examine the indescribable psychic impact of human relationships. He uses allegory and metaphor to examine a wide swath of cultural references—from art history to contemporary politics and personal experience—and allows his subconscious to guide the narratives. The artist engages a variety of visual styles and painting methods to conjure extraordinary scenes free from the governing principles of reality. With a bright, often acidic palette, elevated layers of paint create textured bas-relief surfaces. Transparent layers subtly reveal forms beneath the surface that lure the viewer in to reveal psychologically charged subtexts.


Wendell Gladstone
Fingerless Glove, 2024
24 x 24 inches
Archival pigment print

Limited edition of 20 with 4AP + 1PP
Hand-embellished, signed and numbered by the artist

In Fingerless Glove, a woman exudes a surrealistic, gravitational pull on her surroundings as objects appear to bend to her will. Depicted against an effervescent backdrop, the primary subject holds up a finger, which blossoms from a banana, to create a hypnotic spiral in a teetering, halved citrus fruit. Meanwhile, the surrounding window pane becomes elastic and conforms to the contours of her face; a stained glass flower creeps upwards from the painting’s lower right corner, forming a bloom-like monocle over the celestial glow of her eye. As in many of Gladstone’s works, transparent layers of paint—many of which reveal textured, bas-relief surfaces—are used as a means to connote psychologically charged subjects. For this edition, the artist will hand-embellish each edition using clear acrylic raised drops on each individual pulp in the grapefruit, making each work unique. 


Wendell Gladstone pictured signing and numbering his print, Fingerless Glove, 2024. Image courtesy of the artist.

Detail image of Wendell Gladstone's Fingerless Glove, 2024.



Wendell Gladstone (b. 1972, Boston, MA; Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) received his BA at Brown University, an MFA in Painting at Claremont Graduate University, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions, including at Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA; Kravets/Wehby, New York, NY; and Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles. CA;, and, in 2003, at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. Select museum group exhibitions include the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV; the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY; the Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO; and the San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX. His works have been written about by Artforum, Art in America, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, Artsy, Artnet, Installation Magazine, Elephant, Hyperallergic, Juxtapoz, and WhiteWall.

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