Wendi Copeland

Wendi Copeland's series of investigations into the essence of paint attempt to capture the rhythmic interplay between organic and planned visual forms and the seemly chaotic and controlled arrangement of colourful layers of paint creating a harmony of opposing forces and an optical tension between two and three-dimensional space.

The process of animating paint, moving it across raw canvas, allowing it to form congealed pools, which often fall over the edge, emphasizes the flow and fluidity of the medium and the artist's interest in the materiality of paint.  The playful and complex vitality of repetitive forms, colours and undulating layers of paint parallels the patterns in music and the intermix of space and time relationships in film.

Wendi Copeland takes an interdisciplinary approach to her work, incorporating components from painting, printing, photography, sculpture and media.  Cross-pollinating these disciplines has created an exploratory practice, which has inspired her to research and investigate the ordinary, mundane and often unnoticed patterns in our everyday surroundings.

Copeland was first attracted to the forms and patterns of deterioration she observed on sidewalks and road surfaces while studying in Chicago at The Art Institute. These organic and abstract forms often found on roads, glass, water, and the studio floor continue to inform her practice.  Copeland says, “I am interested in playing with the ordinary, and the familiar and elevating these often ignored and undervalued images to the gallery wall”.

Recently, Copeland attended a Creative Residency at The Banff Centre developing a series of sculptural and photographic installations there and is currently exhibiting a sculptural work at The Surrey Art Gallery.
2010 BFA, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver
School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. - Sculpture
British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, B.C. - Business
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. - Communications
University of Grenoble, Grenoble, France. – French, Art
Group Exhibitions
2010    Painting on the Edge, The Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
2010    Expressions Northwest, Port Townsend, Washington
2010    Arts 2010, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC
2009    Emergence 2009, The Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2009    Painting on the Edge, The Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
2009    Arts 2009, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC
2009    Terrain, Brow Gallery, Emily Carr University
2009    Moving Image, Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University
2008    The Art of Food, Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University
2008    VanDusen, Brow Gallery, Emily Carr University
2007    Shift, Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University  
2006    Mirror, Mirror, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
2006    Mirror, Mirror, Millennium Gallery, Whistler, BC
2005    Adrift, Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University
2005    Pedestrian, Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University BC
2005    Intimacy, YoYo Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
2005    Reframe, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2005    Exquisite Corps, Three Walls Gallery, Chicago, Ill
2005    Infusion, solo show, TeaGschwender, Chicago, Ill
2004    Emergence, Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University
2010    Arts Council of Surrey, Painting award, First Place
2009    Arts Council of Surrey, Sculpture Award - Second Place
2008    Scotties National Tissue Box Design – Semi Finalist
2007    Chocolate Design - 5 designs selected for “Masterpieces”  
2005    British Columbia Arts Council – Senior Award
2005    Brissenden Scholarship – Sculpture and Painting
2004    Alvin Balkin Memorial Scholarship – Innovation
2003    Helen Pitt Award – Outstanding Artistic Merit
2003    Carter-Begg Scholarship – Artistic Achievement
Media Coverage
2010    the now newspaper,
2009    Surrey Leader, “An eclectic collection”
2008    The Globe and Mail, “You art what you eat”
2008    The Vancouver Sun, “Food without Borders”
2008    City TV, Breakfast Television, “The Art of Food”
2008    Preview, “The art of Food”
2008    City Food, “Art + Food”
2008    West Ender, “The mature student”
2006    CBC Radio, On the Coast, “Art school confidential”
2006    Pique Newsmagazine, “Light falling on Landscapes”
2006    The Question, “Mirror/Mirror: Eight artists with a common thread