Jeremy Herndl

Jeremy Herndl

Biography: 

Since I was a little I have lived in many places across Canada and abroad. The older I get the more common I find this uprooted way of life is. Art is and was a portable and personal way of learning where I am, both of the people and the the place. My practice focuses primarily on landscape, working both outdoors (plein-air) and in the studio. I take pictures, make paintings and build objects. For many years my work has sought to unpack concepts of “nature” and dissolve the human/nature dichotomy. The paintings are a depiction of where the human and natural coalesce and they often seem autobiographical. I’m inspired by Buddhist and phenomenological philosophy and the history of landscape painting in Canada and my work indexes a deep attentiveness and rapport with my surroundings. Paintings aspire to be objects, objects want to be paintings, I try to paint things as they feel upon the eye because the eye is the furthest reach of touch.
 
I live with my wife, Izabela and our two children in Victoria, BC where I teach painting at The Vancouver Island School of Art.