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Website
http://www.wittewartena.nl
College / University
ECA
Program / Degree
Mdes
Graduation
December 5, 2006
Member type
Artist
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Drawing
About my artwork
Witte Wartena spent most of his childhood drawing in his bedroom. Situated in the attic of his Amsterdam home. While reading the Autobiography of Marten Toonder many years later, he discovered that this famous Dutch comic artist had lived there, for one year during the Second World War. Perhaps the atmosphere of this room had an effect on him and could explain why from an early age, he caught the comic bug.

Wartena's work is narrative, based on himself and his surroundings. Executed in the form of drawings, comics and installations, it features friends, family and scenes from his daily life. For the past year he has been making daily drawings and presenting them as a visual diary on his web site. Each drawing records a scene or situation that he finds fascinating that day. Accompanied with a short written text, Wartena makes comment on this particular highlight of his day. The drawings are made accurately as possible in the sense that they include every detail of our every daily existence, such as clutter, rubbish and graffiti: features of our present environment. Like the Genre works from the Dutch Masters, he too shares their passion of portraying people engaged in common activities. The difference is that Wartena knows these people personally.
Wartena likes also to think of his work as snap shot photos, similar to the photo albums his mother has of him since he was born: a personal history book of his life. For Wartena, creating work is a way of preserving his ever-changing reality. He sees beauty in the ever-day world. With his work he wants to make the viewer look at their surroundings with new eyes and see what he sees, beauty in the mundane.

Wartena has been described in Metropolis M, a leading Dutch art magazine, as: "one of the few people in the Netherlands who makes cutting edge comic strips."

He exhibits widely within Europe and was chosen to exhibit his work in the group exhibition, Reading The Drawing - Narrative in Contemporary Art and Comics, in Groningen.

This year on November the 1st, he will have his first solo show in the UK, at the new contemporary gallery, Project Slogan, in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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Perennial Art presents: Perennial Art Perennial typically grows structures that allow them to adapt to living from one year to the next. Perennial is a group of contemporary artists that curate …

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Perennial typically grows structures that allow them to adapt to living from one year to the next.



Perennial is a group of contemporary artists that curate exhibitions within temporary spaces. Our aim is to introduce selected artists to a new public.

We host shows with international artist at home and abroad as well as having traveling shows.



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At 3:16 on January 19, 2009, Figure 1 said…
hey! I actually never come on here, and just got your comment...I actually really like your work as well! thanks. - a
At 9:53 on October 13, 2008, Petra said…
Dear Witte, welcome to artreview.com! It is great to see your work up here. You can also post exhibitions and events information on our 'Exhibitions' page for all the site visitors to see. Hope you will enjoy the site lots! :-))

Petra
At 16:25 on October 10, 2008, ART & ARTISTS LA said…
BLUEBIRD ART HOUSE AND ART&ARTISTS LA are pleased to announce the 1st INTERNATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION 2009. Open to all artists in all fine arts media we seek to recognize outstanding quality and diversity in the arts. The 2009 IJC is open to all artists worldwide, age 18 and older. All works must be original. Entries in the following medias will be accepted: Painting, Drawing, Mixed media, Printmaking, Watercolor, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Photography. Entry Deadline February 15th 2009
 
 
 

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