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John Wentz

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Helios_hi-res_32
"Helios", 2008 32"x48"
Luna_hi-res_32
"Luna", 2008 Oil on Aluminum Panel 32"x48"
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"Apsis", 2008 Oil on Aluminum Panel 25"x40"
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"Stella Martis", 2008 Oil on Aluminum Panel 40"x40"
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"(g)Host of Death", 2008 Oil on Aluminum Panel 20"x52"
Angels_demons
"Angels & Demons", 2008 Graphite on Paper 30"x40"
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King of the Bardo State, 2012 Mixed Media on Paper 36"x48: © Courtesy of the Artist and 111 Minna Gallery
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Concatenation, 2012 Oil on Canvas 43"x16"
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Abandoning Idleness, 2012 Charcoal on Paper 26"x54"
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Bardo Thodol, 2012 Charcoal on Paper 50"x37"
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Pure © Courtesy of the Artist and 111 Minna Gallery
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Quick Facts
Lives in
San Francisco
Works in
San Francisco
Schools
Academy of Art University, San Francisco, 2006, BFA
Tags
pop, realism, surrealism, modern, traditional, figurative
Statement

John Wentz is a contemporary realist exploring the human condition through the lens of psychology and mythology. Inspired by the writings of psychologist Carl Jung, Wentz’s work explores how the archetype of the hero – and specifically the superhero – influences the human experience. Juxtaposing vintage comic book characters with surreal depictions of children, John aims to create a dialogue between his childhood and the childhood of today, which seem to lack or misunderstand this timeless archetype.

John was born and raised in the Bay Area and graduated with distinction from the Academy of Art University, where he won multiple awards. His work has been shown in international publications and resides in numerous private collections.

John currently teaches at his alma mater focusing on painting, drawing, human anatomy, color theory, and composition.