Stan Olthuis is a Canadian mixed-media artist who has been making art his entire life. His work addresses the notion that essential energy exists in and around us, unseen, powerful and beautiful. He works in an abstract expressionist vein using workman’s trowels and house paint on wood or canvas surfaces and often incorporates found materials. This gives the rawness and immediacy he likes.

The Power of Two, seen in this exhibition, is a good example of his new work using abstract shapes to show interaction of energy.

His work is in private and corporate collections in Japan, Mexico, Australia, Norway and the USA.

Stan has spent the last 2 ½ years working from his studio in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and currently from his studio in Toronto.


Education: Ontario College of Art & Design  (Graduated with Honourable Mention)

I am a Canadian artist who plays with time, energy, gesture and layers. Some of my current work draws inspiration from the street. I’m fascinated with unexpected beauty that emerges from time’s harsh effects on surfaces. They become worn and weathered, then layered by random human interferences. Evidence of invisible energy that is symbolic of our life experience. In this environment I note the stark contrast created by things as yet untouched, such as the silent, silken evening gowns that glow pure in designer’s shop windows…full of promise.

My work process includes scavenging house paint, street poster remnants – whatever serves my purpose – then introducing these materials to each other on a common plane. I work on wood surfaces that can withstand the execution delivered with tradesmen’s trowels, scrapers, and power tools.

Tapping into the visible and invisible layering of time.

I studied in Chicago with Henk Krijger, a renowned Dutch artist whose delight and mastery in many visual disciplines imbedded a lasting influence. I continued at the Ontario College of Art and Design finding a vibrant art scene, and gratefully studied under many respected working artists: Fred Hagan, Gus Weisman, Nobuo Kubota, Tom Dean, Udo Kasemets and Dan Solomon are a few. Notable was Tom Hodgson, a member of Painters Eleven. Tom’s restless quest for seeing things anew along with his mantra of  ‘Art is Process’ has been a valuable guide in my ongoing explorations.

2018             Stripes BG Gallery, Santa Monica, California, May 2018

2018             Evans Contemporary (Star X Gallery) Peterborough, Canada July 2018

2017             Member’s Exhibition of Selected Works’ J.D. Carrier Gallery, Toronto. Nov 8 – Dec 4

2017            ‘Echos of Laughter’, Benitto’s, Puerto Vallarta, México, January

2016            ‘UNFOLDING – REVELATIONS’, Peninsula, Puerto Vallarta, México, Nov

2016            ‘UNFOLDING’, Peninsula, Puerto Vallarta, México, July

2015            ‘UNFOLDING’, Salón Galería Atelier, Guadalajara, México, July 31 to August 20

2014            ‘Rags to Riches’, solo exhibition, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON

2014            ‘Game’, Ontario Society of Artists 141st Juried Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto. April

2014            ‘OCADU Alumni Juried Exhibition’, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, April

2014             ‘Stan’, Gallery Takechi, Kumamoto-shi, Japan (Solo)

2013            ‘Three Friends, Three Views’, Spazio Dell ‘Arte, Toronto (Trio)

2013            ‘True Nature’, MJG Gallery, Toronto, ON  (Duo)

2013            ‘Abstract Implications 3 Part II’, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON

2013            ‘Abstract Implications 3 Part I’, Gallery 1313, Toronto, ON

2013            ‘Canadiana’, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON

2013            ‘Fatal Abstraction’, Project Gallery, Toronto, ON

2013            Project Contemporalis, Ritchies, Toronto, ON

2013            Art With Heart, GAS (Gerard Art Space), Toronto,

2012           ‘Gowns’, Furbo Gallery, Toronto, ON (Solo)

2012            Gowns, Moments Art Gallery, Toronto (Solo)

2011             Invitational Group Show, Loop Gallery, Toronto

1977            Ontario Now 2: A Survey of Contemporary Art, Royal Canadian

Academy of Arts (RCA), Toronto, ON.  Juried group exhibition for non-members.

1977           Ontario Now 2: A Survey of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of HamiltonHamilton, ON.

(Glen E. Cummings – Curator)

1977         ‘Pigs’, The Artery, Artists Alliance, 24 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto.

Art, Life and the City, by David Ross, August 2013


‘OCADU Alumni Assoc. Juried Exhibition’ 2014 Exhibition Catalogue

Ontario Now 2: A Survey of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton, 1977  Exhibition Catalogue


Curator /Author: Cumming, Glen E.

Collation: 32p. 74 Ill, 21 x 24 cm

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