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20160911174502-rational_space_extension
Rational space extension, 2016 Oil,oil Pastel and Collage on Canvas 58" X 32" © Dego
20160517133213-transmutationmay_13_2016
Transmutation, 2013 - 2016 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing and Oil on Canvas 55" X 55" X 1.8" / 140 X 140 X 4.5 Cm © Dego
20150921153052-returning_departures_5august_11
Returning Departures # 5, July 2015 Oil, Acrylic and Charcoal Drawing on Canvas 36" X 40" X 1.8" © Dego
20150811023112-returning_departures_keep_smilingaugust_10
Returning Departures keep smiling, August 2015 Oil and Acrylic on Canvas 57" X 52" X 1.8" © Dego
20150804145520-returning_departures_04july_21
Returning Departures 4, July 2015 Acrylic and Oil on Canvas 55" X 52" X 1.8" © Dego
20150804144619-returning_departures_03_final
Returning Departures 3, June 2015 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing and Oil on Canvas 52" X 55" X 1.8" © Dego
20150628023738-young_max_finaljune_27
If there was time, June 2015 Oil, Acrylic and Charcoal Drawing on Canvas, Mounted on Panel 34" X 34" © Dego
20150610002612-persisting_tremors_2june_08
Persistent Tremors # 2, June 2015 Acrylic and Charcoal Drawing on Canvas 35" X 34" © Dego
20150605004323-persisting_tremorsjune_03
Persistent Tremors, June 2015 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing and Oil Crayon on Canvas 40" X 38" © Dego
20150413163255-self_portrait_radioactive
Self Portrait Radioactive, April 2015 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing, Marker and Collage on Canvas 75" X 64" X 1.8" © Dego
20141212175351-tremors___3december_05
Tremors # 03, December 2014 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing and Ink Marker on Cardled Panel 72" X 48" X 1.8" © Dego
20141212175227-aquatic_tremoursnovember_22
Tremors # 02, November 2014 Acrylic and Charcoal Drawing on Cradled Panel 22" X 22" X 1.8" © Dego
20141212175436-tremors_02november_27
Tremors # 01, November 2014 Acrylic and Charcoal Drawing on Arches Paper 28" X 40" © Dego
20141013003030-thinking_about_my_journey_october_2014
Thinking about my journey, October 2914 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing, Ink Marker and Collage on Cradled Panel 22" X 22" X 1.8" © Dego
20141011161754-foracious_formoctober_10
Ferocious form in transit, October 2014 Acrylic,charcoal Drawing,collage,oil,on Cradled Panel 27.5" X 24" X 1.8" © Dego
20141011161720-fall_melodyseptember_14
Fall melody, September 2014 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing and Ink Marker on Cradled Panel 22" X 22" X 1.8" © Dego
20140830160924-nerve_centerjuly_28
Nerve Center, 2014 Acrylic, Oil and Charcoal Drawing on Canvas 72" X 72" X 1.75" / 183 X 183 X 4.5 Cm © Dego
20140830160948-passing_thrujune_24
Passing thru, 2014 Acrylic, Oil, Cold Wachs and Charcoal Drawing on Canvas 57" X 57" X 1.75" / 145 X 145 X 4.5 Cm © Dego
20140830160957-philosopheraugust_02
Philosopher, 2014 Acrylic, Oil and Charcoal Drawing on Canvas 33" X 30" X 1.75" / 84 X 76 X 4.5 Cm © Dego
20140830160925-after_easter_no_chocolatejune_15
After Easter no Chocolate, 2014 Acrylic, Oil and Charcoal Drawing on Canvas 68" X 76" X 1.75" / 173 X 193 X 4.5 Cm © Dego
20140430131347-after_easterapril_29
After Easter, 2014 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing and Oil on Canvas 68" X 65" X 2" © Dego
20140425134459-departures_3_dfebruary_20
Departures # 003, 2014 Oil, Charcoal Drawing on Canvas 64" X 75" X 2" © Dego
20140205230416-rational_space_centrifuge_bfebruary_5
Rational space Centrifuge, 2014 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing and Marker on Canvas 85" X 51" X 2" © Dego
20140202054532-perpetual_rational_spacedecember_21
Perpetual rational space, December 2013 Acrylic and Charcoal on Cradled Panel 33" X 33" © Dego
20140425135521-departures_4february_22
Departures # 004, 2014 Oil on Canvas 30" X 30" X 0.75" © Dego
20140425135958-deaprture_investigationapril_21
Dilemma of Departure, 2014 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing and Ink Marker on Cradled Panel 48" X 48" X 1.8" © Dego
20140425134215-departed_finishedapril_09
Departed, 2014 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing and Ink Marker on Cradled Panel 48" X 48" X 1.8" © Dego
20140425135728-rational_space_sleeper
Rational space Sleeper, 2014 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing and Ink Marker on Cradled Panel 22" X 22" X 1.8" © Dego
20140425134634-departrures___010march_31
Departure # 010, 2014 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing on Canvas 20" X 24" X 0.75" © Dego
20140425134552-departures___7_finalmarch_18
Deaprture # 007, 2014 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing on Cradled Panel 36" X 36" X 1.8" © Dego
20140204200444-r_space_rebirthfebruary_04
Rational space evolution, 2014 Graphite, Marker and Acrylic on Arches Paper, Mounted on Wood 48" X 36" X 2" © Dego
20130707230104-fermented_abstraction___12july_7
Fermented Abstraction # 12, 2013 Acrylic and Charcoal Drawing on Cradled Panel 48 X 48 X 1.75 Inches © Dego
20131007205538-rational_space_dream___2october_6_1
Demise of the Thunderbird, 2013 Acrylic and Charcoal Drawing on Cradled Panel 48 © Dego
20130604034550-persuasion_of_rational_spacejune_
Rational space Renegade, 2013 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing and Collage on Cradled Panel 48 X 48 X 1.75 Inches © Dego
20130419185616-persistence_of_rational_spaceapril_19
Persistence of rational space in fermented abstraction, 2013 Acrylic , Charcoal Drawing and Collage on Cradled Panel 48" X 48" X 1.75" © Dego
20130608142219-fermented_abstraction_in_rational_space_48_x_48
Fermented Abstraction in rational space, 2013 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing on Cradled Panel 48 X 48 X 1.75 Inches © Dego
20130507202914-fermented_abstraction_penetrading_rational_spacemay_7
Fermented abstraction penetrating rational space, 2013 Acrylic, Charcoal, Graphite Drawing and Collage on Canvas 55 © Dego
20130526183055-rational_space_abstractionmay_26_1
Rational space abstraction, 2013 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing and Collage on Cradled Panel 24" X 24" X 1.75" © Dego
20130124173940-fermented_abstraction__4januar_20
Fermented Abstraction #4, 2013 Acrylic, Ink Marker and Digital Print Collage on Canvas 30" X 30" © Dego
20130124234725-dancing_towards_irrational_space
Irrational space , 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 20" X 20" © Dego
20130124234457-dancing_towards_irrational_space_2take_2
Approaching Irrational space, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 30" X 30" © Dego
20130128011616-fermented_abstractionjanuar_27
Sleeper in Fermented Abstraction, 2013 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing and Collage on Canvas 30" X 30" © Dego
20130211044525-fermented_abstractionsfebruar_4b
Sleeper in Fermented abstraction #2, 2013 Acrylic, Graphite Drawing and Pastel on Canvas 24" X 24" © Dego
20130221222621-enchanted_shard
Enchanted shard, 2012 Fused Glass, Wood and Metal H 27" X W 16" X D 6" © Dego
20130211044748-ancient_form_in_rational_space
Ancient form in rational space, 2012 Acrylic and Collage on Canvas 20" X 20" © Dego
20130608140429-fermented_abstraction_no
Fermented Abstraction #2, 2013 Acrylic, Ink Marker and Collage on Canvas 24 X 20 X 0.75 Inches © Dego
20130217211619-fermented_abstractionfebruary_17_1
White Bar in Fermented Abstraction, 2013 Acrylic on Canvas 30" X 30" © Dego
20130726004737-fermented_abstraction___14july_25
Fermented Abstraction # 14, 2013 Acrylic, Charcoal Drawing and Collage on Cradled Panel 36 X 36 X 1.75 Inches © Dego
20130124173344-fermented_abstraction_no
Fermented Abstraction #3, 2013 Acrylic on Canvas 30" X 30" © Dego
20130421184915-the_dilemma_of_fermented_abstraction
The dilemma of fermentd abstraction, 2013 Acrylic on Cradled MDF Panel 22 X 22 X 1.75 Inches © Dego
20130512160439-abstraction_with_barsmay_12_1
Abstract with color bars, 2013 Acrylic on Canvas 30" X 30" © Dego
20130416212337-fermented_abstraction_no
Rational space approaching fermented abstraction, 2013 Acrylic on Cradled MDF Panel 22" X 22" X 1.75" © Dego
20130414205709-fermented_abstraction_in_rational_spaceapril_14
Fermented Abstraction in rational space, 2013 Acrylic and Charcoal Drawing and Ink Marker on Cradled MDF Panel 48" X 48" X 1.75" © Dego
20130408193616-fermented_abstraction_escalatedapril_8_1
Fermented Abstraction Escalation, 2013 Acrylic, Ink Marker and Collage on Canvas H 75" X W 60" X D 2" © Dego
20130330210809-head_noise_fermented_abstraction_11march_30
Head Noise Fermented Abstraction, 2013 Acrylic and Charcoal Drawing and Ink Marker on Cradled MDF Panel 36" X 36" X 1.75" © Dego
20130324190606-fermented_abstraction_9march_24
Fermented Abstraction # 9, 2013 Acrylic and Charcoal Drawing on Cradled MDF Panel 36" X 36" X 2" © Dego
20130323211025-fermented_abstractionmarch_23
Inside fermented abstraction, 2013 Acrylic and Oil, on Panel 22" X 22" X 2"
20130124173601-fermented_abstractionjanuar_5
Fermented Abstraction, 2013 Acrylic, Ink Marker and Charcoal Drawing on Canvas 30" X 30" © Dego
20130124173753-fermented_abstraction_no
Fermented Abstraction #2, 2013 Acrylic, Ink Marker and Collage on Canvas H 24" X W 20" © Dego
20130211045016-irrational_abstractionjanuar_3a
Irrational abstraction, 2012 Oil on Canvas H 45" X W 35" X D 2" © Dego
20130221223932-in_memory_3
Memory of a Beautiful Life, 2011 Fused Glass, Metal 26 X 26 X 6 Inches © Dego
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Cologne, Germany
Birth year
1952
Lives in
Canada
Works in
Canada
Schools
Glass College Rheinbach, Germany, 1977, Masters
Representing galleries
Galerie Elena lee Montreal, Denison Galerie Toronto, ARTA Gallery Toronto, Carmel Art Gallery Ottawa, Art11 Montreal
Tags
contemporary art glass, public art installation, architectural art glass, painting, abstract, sculpture, mixed-media, installation
Statement

Bio:

“Dego” (Detlef Gotzens)

Born in 1952 in Cologne Germany, Detlef showed from an early age on that he was inclined towards an artistic career in Life.

At the age of fifteen he became an apprentice in the stained glass studio of Jacob Melchior in Cologne where he completed his three year apprenticeship. During that time he was exposed to some of the best known Artist in Germany and abroad, executing their projects which only confirmed his desire to pursue art for the rest of his Life.

After receiving his Journeyman certificate and working in the field for five years Detlef continued to complete his education with Master’s degree from the guild of Cologne and at the same time studied glass technology and design for two full years at the famous Glass College in Rheinbach close to the former German Capital Bonn. He graduated with a Masters degree in 1977.

During all this time Detlef never stopped and continued to paint and draw besides designing glass, after his graduation he participated in various group exhibitions’ as well as solo shows between Cologne and Duesseldorf. He also spends a lot of time traveling throughout Europe absorbing art and architecture from the various cultures, until in1985 after a first visit to Relatives in 1982 he decided to immigrate to Canada.

He and his wife settled in Montreal and immediately started to work for a local studio, but after just 5 month opened their own atelier. One of his first commissions was to restore a window at the St. Josephs Oratorio that was partially destroyed after a fire. In the following Years Detlef by then started to sign his original art work “Dego” and continuing to work on many high profile restoration projects from Montreal to Ottawa for example Christ Church Cathedral, St. James the Apostle, St. Patrick’s Basilica in Montreal and the Peace tower windows at the Parliament Building in Ottawa, Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Basilica and St. Anthony’s Church, all located in Ottawa. At the same time he worked on numerous private and commercial art glass commissions in many different techniques that contributed to his reputation as a versatile and innovative artist. Many articles in various Papers and other publications have been written over the years and continue to date.

In 2004 he won an art competition to design 5 large windows for the Cultural Center in Huntingdon Quebec and these windows where published in the American Glass Art Magazine in 2007, and one of them with the Title "Imagine" was also exposed on John Lennon's and Yoko Ono' web site "Imagine Peace".

His expertise and technical skill was called upon again in 2007 when he created a glass façade in New York City (Central Park) for one of the best known Architectural firms/designer Ali Tayar that was also published in the New York Times.

I’m currently represented by the following Galleries:

Denison Gallery Toronto, www.denisongallery.com

ARTA Gallery Toronto, www.artagallery.ca

Carmel Art Gallery, Ottawa, www.carmelartgallery.ca

Galerie Elena Lee, Montreal www.galerieelenalee.com

Gallery Art11, Montreal, www.art11.ca

Statement

Making Art or why, is one of the most difficult things to explain or talk about in my opinion because it is certainly for me an impulse or drive that is especially at the beginning not very clear, it is just there and very powerful at the same time!

Since a very early age I was always drawn to Images, pictures, forms, lines and color, and instinctively felt very comfortable looking at art especially paintings with a sense of wonder and curiosity.

I’m constantly in the process to find a visual Language that seem to be always changing from one work to the next and every piece is leading me to another place, where I’m wondering again what is behind the next painting or sculpture I’m making? It feels like a never ending winding track.

I also pursue more than one direction in my paintings because it interest's me how I react to for example using landscape as a point of departure, where I always use the same landscape view from photographs I take outside my studio during different times of the Year as well as various times of the Day.
I'm equally interested in Abstraction and the challenges that lay within it as well as Painting Faces of People that are important to me, for example Musicians that I listen to.

There is however a very big difference of the state of mind that I’m working in, between my Glass pieces and painting for example. The emotional condition is not the same because the pieces I make with glass and other materials need to be besides the Initial design concept or idea, very carefully planned and calculated to be accomplished, while during the painting process and it doesn’t matter in what medium, the emotional feedback is immediate or instantly.

I believe in my paintings as well as sculptures there are elements of free expression and then again of controlled form and order, which is certainly a manifestation of my Personality showing thru or reflecting in my work.

CV

Education

1975 -1977, Master degree study, Glassmaker Guild of Cologne, Germany

Became a Master of the Cologne Guild in October 1977

1975 - 1977, Glass Technology and design, Glass College Rheinbach Germany,

“Dual” education program in art and glass technology.

1970 - 1975 Five Years’ mandatory practice, after apprenticeship and prior to applying for Master’s Degrees, with the Firm of Paul Bong, Cologne, Germany, founded in 1901.

1967 -1970, 3 Year Apprenticeship at the Jacob Melchior Atelier (The oldest stained glass studio in Cologne founded in 1854) graduated as a Journeyman with certificate.

Upcoming Show

July 10th To the 29th   “Summer Heat” at the ARTA Gallery Toronto

Recent Shows

SOFA Chicago November 2-4, 2012

Group show "Wings" Galerie Elena Lee Montreal, June 2012

ARTExpo Toronto, April 19-22. 2012, with Gordon Harrison Gallery, Ottawa ON

Mariza Frozen Gallery, Berlin Germany, December 10, 2011 to January 10, 2012 “Apocalypse Now”

SOFA Chicago November 2-4, 2011, Art & Design / Glass sculpture

September 2011, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Chelsea, New York City

May 17 to June 14, 2011 Solo show, Galerie Elena Lee, Montreal

November 2010, SOFA Chicago, glass sculpture/objects.

Since June 2010 at the Galerie Elena Lee, glass sculpture/objects.

September 2010 Instructor Exhibit at the Ottawa school of art, Orleans campus.

2006 –2009 always showing glass and paintings at the Gallery for Her, By ward Market Ottawa.

30 September - 05 December 2005 solo Exhibition Salle Alfred Langevin, Huntingdon, Quebec Cultural Center.

1980’s Canada

1992 Museum of fine Arts, Montreal, Gallery, during the Rene Magritte Exhibition, showcasing local artist working in the ssurrealist style.

1990 Galerie De Lisle, Montreal

1987 Galerie Port Maurice, Qc. Solo show, glass only.

1986 City of Dorval Cultural center, solo show, glass and paintings.

Germany

1984 –1985 EP Galerie, Duesseldorf, group exhibition.

1984 - Galerie Van Remmen, Solingen, solo show.

1981 - Goodyear Germany, Cologne solo show

1981 –Siemens Head quarter, Cologne, solo show.