BIOGRAPHY AND ARTIST STATEMENT
Dennis Ekstedt is a painter who lives and works in Montreal, Canada. He received his Diploma in Fine Arts in 1986 from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C and his M.F.A in 1993 from Concordia University in Montreal. He was the Eastern Canada winner of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2002 and his paintings are included in many public, corporate and private collections. He has exhibited regularly and has recieved numerous artist grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec. His work is included in the publications Carte Blanche Vol 2-Painting (2008) and The RBC Painting Competition: 10 years (2008). He is currently represented by Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary, Alberta.
In my paintings I explore the luminosity and ethereality of illuminated landscapes and light phenomena by depicting atmospheres, cityscapes and architectures that are composed of many small lights and luminous forms. To me, these networks of lights and luminous forms resemble living organisms. My paintings explore the uncanny and seemingly mystical nature of light, and in this respect my work shares a sensibility with the Romantic and transcendent sublime found in the landscape paintings of The Tonalists, J.W. Turner and the Hudson River School - where light is a dramatic phenomenon; a transcendent force and a catalyst for emotion and memory.