Bio

 

Russell Wieland hails from Marshfield, MA. A lifelong lover of both art and music, Wieland creates work as a musician, photographer, and painter. He holds a BFA in filmmaking from the Massachusetts College of Art and is now an active member of the Artists Association of Nantucket and Robert Foster Fine Arts Gallery where he exhibits photography, mixed media collage, and paintings. Wieland is also a classically trained pianist and recently produced and self-released an indie rock/synthpop album. He currently lives in Nantucket, MA with his partner, ceramic artist Lori Garrabrant, and their dogs Twig and GiGi.

Photograph by Wendy Mills

Photograph by Wendy Mills

 

Artist Statement

I experiment, layer-upon-layer, in an attempt to create unexpected versions of the familiar. I look for the beauty in deteriorating surfaces, parlaying light and shadow into abstract compositions. I am drawn to textures and seek to capture otherworldly qualities of light, subject, and color. I am inspired by the way time ages both natural and man-made objects, and I strive to do the same in my artwork. 

The act of creation is as important to me as the finished piece, and I enjoy the process of discovery. I find comfort in the freedom to use any and all mediums, from traditional photography, paint, and collage, to unusual materials and found objects. I am particularly interested in the accumulation of layers and texture; building up and then tearing back down to reveal.
— Russell Wieland

 

BiblioArt Collaboration

In 2015 three Artists' Association of Nantucket Artists came to the Nantucket Atheneum and toured the building and its contents looking for inspiration. Three artists - Dani Henke, D. Clyde Myers and Russell Wieland - then created a piece of artwork based on that inspiration. At the same time a videographer documented that process with a short film.

Nantucket Artist Russell Wieland discusses his art, inspiration, and creation of Seaflower as part of the BiblioArt Project:

BiblioArt film by Adelaide Richards


 

Artist CV

Russell Wieland

Nantucket, ma 02554    info@russellwieland.com

Education

ARTISTS ASSOCIATION OF NANTUCKET (AAN), NANTUCKET, MA - Exploring Non-Representational Painting with Ken Layman, 2016 

AAN, NANTUCKET, MA - Workshop: Introduction to Solarplate Printmaking, January 2016 

AAN, NANTUCKET, MA - Workshop: Color Mixing & Technique with Megan Hinton, November 2014

AAN, NANTCUKET, MA - Workshop: Mixed Media with Aylin Green, July 2010

NANTUCKET COMMUNITY SCHOOL, NANTUCKET, MA - Black & White Darkroom Photography, 2008

AAN, NANTUCKET, MA - Advanced Photoshop for Photographers with Daniel Sutherland, 2008

MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART, BOSTON, MA - BFA Film & Video, 2005

 

Exhibitions

ROBERT FOSTER FINE ART GALLERY, NANTUCKET, MA - April 2015- Present

ARTISTS ASSOCIATION OF NANTUCKET, NANTUCKET, MA - Various Group Shows (approx. 12 openings/year) 2008- Present

ARTISTS ASSOCIATION OF NANTUCKET, NANTUCKET, MA - BiblioArt, November 2015

ARTISTS ASSOCIATION OF NANTUCKET, NANTUCKET, MA - Spotlight Show, Walls: Paris, November- December 2014

AUDREY STERK COLOR & DESIGN STUDIO, NANTUCKET, MA - Solo Show, September 2014

ARTISTS ASSOCIATION OF NANTUCKET, NANTUCKET, MA - Emerging Artists Exhibition, September 2013

NANTUCKET ATHENEUM, NANTUCKET, MA - Chasing Light, photographic slideshow and musical performance, March 2013

GRAY OWL GALLERY, NEW PALTZ, NY - November 2011- April 2015 (gallery closed)

NANTUCKET ARTS COUNCIL, NANTUCKET, MA - Encountering the Unfamiliar; Exploring New Directions in Visual Arts, October 2013

NANTUCKET ARTS COUNCIL, NANTUCKET, MA - Scanning A Myriad of Possibilities: Postulating the Unpredictable, September 2012

NANTUCKET ARTS COUNCIL, NANTUCKET, MA - Departures & Diversions, September 2008

THE PARLOR AT 8 ORANGE STREET, NANTUCKET, MA - The Geography of the Mind, June 2008

PHOTOMEDIA CENTER, ERIE, PA - The Holga 2.0 Show, January 2008

 

Awards

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD (MIXED-MEDIA) -  Artists Association of Nantucket, Nantucket, MA, November 2013

ARTIST/PATRON AWARD FOR PHOTOGRAPHY - Artists Association of Nantucket, Nantucket, MA, 2012

Publication Credits

Nantucket Land Council, Inc. Annual Meeting & Reception postcard (cover), August 2010

Jaques Cousteau: A Life Under the Sea by Kathleen Olmstead, Sterling Publishing 2008, 1 photograph, p. 6

Schmap Cork Guide 2008, online publication, The Thirsty Scholar http://www.schmap.com/cork/nightlife_pubs/p=141790/i=141790_3.jpg