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 2004 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 and Mark Moore Fine Arts in Los Angeles.
In my latest paintings I depict human populations as web-like networks of light particles spun over the landscape. In these paintings, clusters of undulating lights populate vast and dramatic terrains that are literally electrified by human habitation. I am interested in depicting populations in movement that represent the uncontrolled growth of human habitation on the global landscape. In some of my paintings I depict masses of people, represented by particles of light, that are engaged in spectacle, celebration and ritual. I have long been intrigued by how networks of lights can physically mark a landscape while at the same time ethereally transcending it, resembling a schematic plan that depicts a kind of celestial order.