Mixed media artist; abstract expressionist; figurative artist; Canadian artist; drawer; player with time, energy and layers: Series Three’s Stan Olthuis’ creativity radiates from within as he draws inspiration from the streets.

Born in Northern Alberta to Dutch parents, Stan found his passion in drawing at a young age. That love of art carried him all the way to Chicago, where he studied with Henk Krijger, a renowned Dutch artist whose mastery in multiple visual disciplines held a lasting impression. He then moved on to the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). It was here in Toronto that Olthuis found a vibrant art scene, and had the amazing opportunity to study under many respected working artists such as Fred HaganGustav WeismanNobuo KubotaTom DeanUdo Kasemets and Dan Solomon, to name a few. EVEN Tom Hodgson, a member of Painters Eleven. Tom’s mantra of ‘Art is Process’ can be found prominently in many of Olthuis’ works.



As a mixed media artist whose love for the city is apparent, Olthuis’ process often incorporates materials like house paint and street poster remnants while executing his art on wood with trowels, scrapers and power tools. The fascination with time’s harsh effects on the city’s surfaces that become layered and weathered, and also subjected to random marks that people leave, is often explored in Olthuis’ work. In contrast, at times Olthuis explores things in his environment that remain untouched – there he notices a story being born.

Olthuis is currently showing with ‘Square Foot Project’ – a juried exhibition at Art Square Gallery in Toronto presented by Art Gala Forum. Thirty artists present over 190 square foot art pieces until September 22nd. Olthuis is also working on a commissioned piece for a high-end luxury cruise liner. The resulting 6’ x 8’ piece will be shipped to Oslo, Norway to be installed as part of the permanent collection on the new Anthem of the Seas ship.

You can follow all of Olthuis’ progresses on his website www.stanolthuis.comFacebookTwitter and Instagram: @Verdunk.


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