Wendell Gladstone

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 (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.