Brent Wadden

Brent Wadden was born in 1979 in Nova Scotia, Canada. He currently lives and works between Vancouver, Canada and Berlin, Germany. He received his BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2003.

Brent Wadden’s woven paintings seek to entangle the traditional divisions between folk art and fine art. Composed of woven fibers, sewn and mounted on canvas, the artist’s abstract works complicate the painterly notion of surface, while reconsidering the concept of the handmade.
Wadden's process is a distinctive and fundamental aspect of his work. He rejects the impatience of modern Western society and consumerist notions of cheap and instant means of gratification in art. Insteda, Wadden typically uses second-hand fibers including wool, cotton, and acrylic to create his visually jagged, yet simultaneously mutable geometric constructions. Conscious of the density and tension of his materials and practice, Wadden’s focus on form seeks to physically meld the aesthetic gender and status roles associated with craft and abstraction. The resulting paintings reference both a structural life and planar presence, which further seek to rework notions of space and mark-making.