Kiechel Fine Art Presents Wendy Jane Bantam ‘Birds & Superheroes’
April 17, 2020 – mid-May, 2020
Birds & Superheroes, Wendy Jane Bantam, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 72 inches, $4,000
When we one day glance back to examine the art of the first half of the 21st century, and we parse out the pre-pandemic from the post-pandemic, we’ll find Wendy Jane Bantam’s “Birds and Superheroes” in a curious category of its own: art of a wickedly rosy-hued prescience in a time of rapid collapse. The creation of this work predates the global epidemic, but predicts the miraculous bouts of health exhibited by the earth and its non-human populations when travel ceased, production eased, and pollution waned. Drawing from her signature palette of colors that seem derived from the richest hues of nature, from fields of flowers, from the heart of the storm, from under the sea, Bantam creates a phantasm of creatures taking flight, setting sail, conducting electricity, in a landscape simmering with damage. These paintings and etchings depict these creatures eyeing their predicaments with an intimidating grace, and the work communicates with wit and beauty, creating a dystopia with optimism.
~Timothy Schaffert, Author: The Swan Gondola; Devils in the Sugar Shop; The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters
Bigfoot and the Dodo Birds, Wendy Jane Bantam, 2020, Oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches, $2,400
Burn it Down (Spiderman in the Redwoods), Wendy Jane Bantam, 2020, 72 x 36 inches, $4,000
The Drinking Tree, Wendy Jane Bantam, 2020, Oil on canvas, 36 x 60 inches, $4,000
View Wendy’s online exhibition here:
Call 402-420-9553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment to view Wendy’s exhibition in person with a private viewing appointment.