Stan Olthuis is a multi-disciplinary visual artist now based in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
His current work is the culmination of an ongoing curiosity for relationships and interaction. Powered by a colourful palette derived from his recent years living in Mexico the results are engaging and playful. The style is more minimalist and reductionist than previously exhibited and continues experimenting with materials.
Stan is unbiased towards materials when executing projects. Concept and process drive the work. Currently he uses workman’s trowels, power tools and house paint to make paintings, wall sculptures and interactive works that welcomes your involvement. There’s a rawness and immediacy that draws in the viewer.
His formal art education started in Chicago under Dutch artist Henrik Krijger, a celebrated master. He earned his degree in Experimental Arts from the Ontario College of Art, Toronto. There he gratefully studied under printmaker Fred Hagan, expressionist painters including Tom Hodgson and conceptual artists Tom Dean and Nobuo Kubota among others.
Stan’s work has been collected privately and corporately in Canada, Japan, Mexico, Norway and the US.
He was the creative producer for UNCEDED: Voices of the Land, Canada’s groundbreaking immersive multi-media exhibit representing Douglas Cardinal and Indigenous architects at the 2018 Venice Biennale for Architecture in Venice, Italy.