About the Artist
Painting and Drawing:
The focus of artist Wendy Coad’s work is the integration of selected multiple images into a single image through both the conscious and intuitive process. She has taken a career-long fascination with the human form painting contemporary figures into classical, historical or modern urban environments, using disparate images to create a unique story that belies their origins.
Using common paint mediums – paint, paper and wooden boards – Wendy honors the historical painting genres and the artists that used chalks and pigments to paint their world onto walls and wooden planks. These are processes that have survived for hundreds, if not thousands of years. It is her pleasure to link these age old mediums with a very contemporary act of painting.
Her art career began at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, where she worked in an abstract expressionist manner. After receiving her BFA, Wendy relocated to Toronto joining and participating as an active member of the vital “Queen Street Art Community”. As her work evolved into figurative images, she continued her art practice exhibiting in such galleries as Mercer Union, A Space and The Power Plant.
After exhibiting in Toronto for several years, Wendy Coad’s American Art career began in 1985 when she was awarded an artist in residency at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, The Center for Art and Urban Resources in New York City. It was a year filled with excitement and productivity as she joined artists from the US and around the world.
Wendy exhibited at “PS1 and the Clocktower’s” National and International Studio Artist’s Exhibition, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Fashion Moda, Printed Matter, the Open Center and Voorhees Gallery. While continuing to live and work in Manhattan she received her Master of Fine Arts at the City University of New York, Hunter College in 1995.
Recently, she has exhibited in Scope at Art Basel/Miami Beach, the Naples Museum of Art, the Richard Shack Gallery at the ArtCenter/South Florida, Miami Beach City Hall, Halo and several Public Art Exhibition locations in Miami Beach. Her recent tenure as an artist-in-residence at the ArtCenter/South Florida has added inspiration and focus, and has brought another level of creativity to an already remarkable career.
Wendy Coad’s professional art studio is on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. It currently houses both her workshop and gallery painting spaces where she creates her art.
To take a tour with Wendy of her studio, click on the link/image below: