Hans Wendt

Hans Wendt was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1973 and raised in Prince Edward Island.  He currently lives and works in Millvale, PEI.  He has been active as an artist in various mediums for most of his adult life, but began painting seriously following studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design in the 1990s.  Since 1999 he has turned his focus to the creation of conceptually driven watercolour paintings.

Recent public gallery exhibitions include “Oh, Canada”, MASS MoCA, Massachusetts, Esker Foundation, Calgary and Gallerie d’Art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, Moncton NB; “Hans Wendt/Studio Painting”, Confederation Centre Art Gallery; and “In/Flux: Migrating Culture and Cultural Modernism in PEI”, Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

In 2013 he was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award.  His work is in the public collections of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, National Gallery of Canada and the Department of Global Affairs and many private collections across Canada and the United States.

He currently lives and works in Millvale, PEI.


Selected Works


Winter 2021

January 29 - April 10 - 2021

“Chroma III”

For the past two years we have curated exhibitions deep in the winter months that feature colour.  This year, colour has been deeply needed.  In response to the white falling snow outside, we have curated[...]


October 27 - November 8 - 2020

Art Toronto Pop-Up @ SBG

We are proud to exhibit at the 21st Annual Art Toronto, which will be both online and in-person at a Pop-Up in Toronto.


Curriculum Vitae


1992-3  Ontario College of Art (completed foundation year) Mentors included Nobuo Kubota, Zoran Kataranovski

1987-92 Private painting and ceramic courses at School of Visual Arts, Charlottetown. Teachers included Barry Jeeves, Gordon Bellamy and Ron Arvidson

1991-5  Potter’s assistant, Dunes Studio Gallery, PEI

1993-9 Apprenticed as a finish carpenter, cabinetmaker and furniture builder under Robert McKann, Los Angeles, California



Bank of Montreal
Confederation Centre Art Gallery
Department of Global Affairs
Luciano Benetton Collection
National Gallery of Canada
PEI Art Bank
Premier’s Office, Charlottetown, PEI
Royal Bank of Canada
Scotia Bank

Private collections, including:
Lee Plested and Erik von Muller, Vancouver
Michael Devlin III, New York
Beth Rudin DeWoody, Board Member, Whitney Museum of American Art
Paul E. Bain, Toronto, Board Member, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Various Private Collections in North America



2019 Fugere (et Irrumabo Inveniet), Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON

2017 Paint Samples, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON

2017 Art Toronto, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON

2017  Out of the Bush Garden: Contemporary Artists from Central-Eastern Canada Palazzo Loredan, for the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy Curated by Francesca Valente for Imago Mundi: the Lucian Benetton Collection

2016  A Sidelong Glance: Painting after 1970, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Curated by Pan Wendt

2016 Art Toronto, Michael Gibson Gallery, London, ON

2015 Nada Miami, The Apartment, Vancouver, BC

2014 Recent Work, The Apartment, Vancouver,  BC

2012-2014 Oh, Canada, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallerie d’Art Louise et Reuben Cohen, Moncton NB, Esker Foundation, Calgary, Alberta (Curated by Denise Markonish)

2008 Hans Wendt: Studio Paintings, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I. (Solo exhibition curated by Lee Plested)

2006  In/Flux: Migrating Culture and Cultural Modernism in PEI, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, P.E.I. (Group exhibition curated by Shauna McCabe)

2005  The Nose of the Beholder, Gallery in the Guild, Charlottetown, P.E.I. (Two-person exhibition)

2003 Hans Wendt: Recent Paintings, The Boiler Room, Port Townsend, Wash. (Solo exhibition)

2000 Darwin and the New Wilderness, Gallery in the Guild, Charlottetown, P.E.I. (Three-person exhibition)



Co-producer, event designer, costume-maker, set designer, graphic designer and music supervisor for over 20 large-scale events with Spacebaby Productions, mostly in Toronto and Charlottetown (1993-2001).

Spacebaby in Droid Trouble, animated film made with Hans Samuelson; presented at the Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, 1995



2013  Long listed for the Sobey’s Art Award

1999-2011 Several production grants from the Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts



Hans Wendt

Wendt / Powell Party Pics

View party pictures from Hans Wendt & Jenna Faye Powell's Opening Reception

Hans Wendt

NGC Purchases Hans Wendt

National Gallery of Canada has purchased three of Hans Wendt's watercolours.



ACI Visits “Chroma” Exhibit

Sara Angel, Founder and Executive Director of the Art Canada Institute recently spent a morning at the Michael Gibson Gallery. Join Angel as she receives a tour of the exhibit "Chroma" and discusses with Michael Gibson and Jennie Kraehling the many artists exploring glorious colour through their artworks.

Hans Wendt @ Art Toronto

Video featuring new watercolours by PEI artist Hans Wendt featured in our Art Toronto 2020 booth. Hans Wendt uses as his source material the paper colour swatches that art students use to study colour theory. He creates intricate compositions with the samples, lights them dramatically and then paints large-scale watercolours in a photo-realistic manner.