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Meet Wendell Gladstone

Today we’d like to introduce you to Wendell Gladstone.

Wendell, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I realized pretty early on that I wanted to do something creative. As a kid, growing up back east in Rhode Island, I gravitated to making things. I recorded songs on my four-track, skated, and made sculpture and drawings. I came out to Los Angeles to get an MFA and upon graduation, I just found ways to have time in the studio and eventually started showing.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, it hasn’t always been a smooth road and I knew to go in I’d have to make some sacrifices. There are always ups and downs, but I think the most challenging time for me was directly out of grad school. It was very difficult figuring out a balance between work and studio time. It’s impossible to grow as an artist without a lot of time messing around in the studio… and that doesn’t usually pay the bills right away.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I make paintings that evoke dream-like spaces that balance between figuration and abstraction. I use allegory and metaphor to examine a wide range of cultural references—from art history to contemporary politics and personal experience—allowing my subconscious to guide the narratives. I incorporate a mix of paint applications (masking, airbrush, drawing, Photoshop, staining, thick impasto, transparency etc.) to produce surfaces that are diverse and dimensional

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Realizing my ideas is the goal. Every time I pull that off, I’m fulfilled.

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