New Gallery Artist: Wendi Schneider
Catherine Couturier Gallery is proud to announce the representation of fine art photographer, Wendi Schneider. We are very excited to showcase her work in the gallery for the very first time.
Morning Mist, Lake James, NC, 2017
Wendi Schneider is a Denver-based visual artist whose lush images illuminate a deep reverence for organic forms in the natural world. Born in Memphis, she holds an AA in Art History from Stephens College in Columbia, MO and a BA in Painting from Newcomb/Tulane in New Orleans. She turned to photography in the early ‘80s to capture moments of models to reference for paintings. Missing the sensuality of oils, she began layering glazes on her photographs to create a more personal interpretation. After she photographed, designed and produced the award-winning re-creation of the 1901 Picayune’s Creole Cook Book for The Times-Picayune, she moved to New York, where she photographed nearly 100 book covers and was a major contributor to the original Victoria Magazine. She moved to Denver in 1994, and after several decades of photography, design and art direction for clients, she returned to fine art photography.
Schneider's photographs have been shown in solo exhibits at A Gallery For Fine Photography, The Griffin Museum of Photography, Galeria Photo/Graphic, and the A Smith Gallery, and in group exhibits in more than 70 venues including Panopticon Gallery, The Center For Photographic Art, The Center For Fine Art Photography and the Berlin and Barcelona Foto Biennales. Her work has been featured in Blur, Diffusion, Lenscratch, B&W Magazine, Silvershotz, Adore Chroma, Edge of Humanity, Photographize, Dodho, Uncoated, and as a Rule Breaker on Don't Take Pictures. She has been honored by the International Photography Awards, the International Color Awards, the Spider Awards, the Gala Awards and the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, among others, and sits on the executive board of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center.
Cypress, Carmel , CA, 2017
In States of Grace, I illuminate beauty amidst the chaos. I’m calmed by the simplicity of a graceful line and the stillness of the suspended moment and compelled to share an impression of the serenity I find there. I capture the ephemeral movement of light on organic forms, to preserve that mystical moment that stills time for me. Photographing intuitively - what I feel, as much as what I see - and informed by a background in painting and art history, I portray a personal interpretation by layering the images digitally with color and texture, to find balance between the real and the imagined.
The images are printed digitally with archival pigment ink on vellum. White gold, silver or 24k gold leaf is then applied behind the image, creating a silken luminosity on the print's surface. Throughout history, civilizations have prized the use of precious metals for their beauty and sanctity. The leafing process suffuses the intrinsic value of the treasured subjects with the implied spirituality of the gold. The perception of luminosity varies as the viewer’s position and ambient light change. Within the limited edition, the prints may differ in color or texture, and, as the effect of gilding inherently varies, each of the limited edition prints is unique.
Around the Corner, Denver, CO, 2016
For more selections and information, please visit her artist page here.