Bio

Photo: Shaun Roberts

John Wentz is a contemporary painter whose work is an exploration of process and technique. Working within the classical idiom of the human figure, his goal is to reduce and simplify the image to it’s core fundamentals: composition, color, and mark making. Paint application and brush strokes are broad and simplified as a means to connect and convey these ideas to the viewer in a way that only painting can.

 

John was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. His interest in art began at the age of 6 when he first discovered Batman and Spiderman comic books. After years of copying comics panel by panel he worked in the commercial arts as a muralist, billboard creator and freelance illustrator. After learning to paint by doing airbrushed billboards, he decided to pursue Fine Art and work in oils. Since then, he has had 3 solo exhibitions in San Francisco and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His works have appeared in many publications and have won multiple awards. 

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

2019

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

The Death of Distance

2017

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

Navigation Unknown

 

2015

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

Imprints

 

2014

111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Passages

 

2013    

Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Spectra

 

2012    

111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Synthesis

 

2009  

D-Structure, San Francisco, CA

Adaptive Radiation

 

 

Group Exhibitions

2019

Pretty Portal Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany

Dancing with Myself

Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Disrupted Realism

2018

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

Moniker Art Fair, London

Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

Bodies5

Mesa Arts Center, Phoenix, AZ

We The People

2017

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

Moleskine Project VI

Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

Neon

Vertical Gallery, Chicago, Ill

Portrait

Alto Gallery, Denver, CO

Showed Up

 

2016

Arcadia Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

Drawn to Greatness

Made in California

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

Moleskine Project V

Spoke Art, New York, NY

Wes Anderson Tribute

Abend Gallery, Denver, Co

Mini Show

Edge of Realism

 

2015

Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY

Works on Paper

Five & Under

Mike Wright Gallery, Denver, CO

As One

Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

Moleskine Project IV

Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA

Freaks & Americana

Good Mother Gallery, Oakland, CA

Tired Hands

 

2014

 Loakal, Oakland, CA

Carpe Diem

Gary Francis Fine Art, Alameda, CA

Image Hungry 

Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 Universe

Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

Nostalgia

Matrix Fine Art, Albuquerque, NM

Penumbra

Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 CA 12x12

Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA

 In Dreams  

 

2013

Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Sex, Drugs, Money & Guns

Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Culver City, CA

Black Friday

Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA

The Moleskine Project III

Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Music Sounds Better With You

Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA

Lil Bub Group Show

Wonderland SF, San Francisco, CA

My First Four

111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

111 Minna 20th Anniversary

 Wonderland SF, San Francisco, CA

Wonderland Anniversary

111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

The Fantastic 50

Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Tarot: The Art of Fortune

 

2012  

Wonderland SF, San Francisco, CA

Supernatural

The Safehouse Atelier, San Francisco, CA

Rooster

Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Notorious

The Safehouse Atelier, San Francisco, CA

The Safehouse Show 4

 

2011   

111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Moment

 

2010  

111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

111 at 111

Brief Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Skin

 

2009  

Gallery Heist, San Francisco, CA

Now or Never!

HCG Gallery, Dallas, TX

As If Our Lives Depended On It

 

2008  

111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Common Descent

 

2007  

The Wendt Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Bay Area Influence

 

Publications

2019  The South African Artist Magazine

2019  Graffiti Art Magazine

2019  American Art Collector Magazine

2018  Juxtapoz Magazine

2017  Juxtapoz Magazine

2015  Artist's on Art

2011   La Gazette Cournot, France

2008  Clone Magazine, Spain

2007  International Artist Magazine

2007  American Art Collector Magazine

Artist in Residence

2019  Arthouse Holland/Project 1606

          Leiden, The Netherlands

Education

2006   

BFA, Painting; Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

-with distinction   

 

Professional Experience

2006-2012   

Instructor in Fine Arts, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA (Drawing, Painting, Anatomy, Composition, and Color Theory)