White Pine

More Works By Robert Wiens Watercolor
28 × 39 in 71.12 × 99.06 cm
39 × 49 in 99.06 × 124.46 cm

About White Pine

Robert Wiens was born in Leamington, Ontario in 1953, and currently lives in Picton, Ontario. He attended the New School of Art from 1973 to 1974, and had his first solo exhibition at Mercer Union in Toronto in 1980.

Wiens’ paintings and sculptures have been exhibited internationally. Recent exhibitions include Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art and Jewish Thought at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Micro/Macro at Gallery Stratford, Stratford, Ontario and Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto; and Speak for the Trees, organized by Friesen Gallery in Seattle, Washington and Sun Valley, Idaho. Wiens has completed commissioned sculptures for the Open Corridor Festival in Windsor, Ontario and for the Forest Art Project in Haliburton, Ontario. His work is held in public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston; Four Seasons Hotel, Tokyo; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and Doris McCarthy Gallery, Toronto.

“ I try for a one-to-one relationship between the tree and the painting. It’s my attempt to make something that’s real, though I also know it falls short. … When I first began to paint the way I do, it interested me to think about what a painting would be like if there were no vista in it. This is more like the way you’d see a tree when you’re on the trail. ” — Robert Wiens

He is perhaps best known for his large-scale watercolour close-ups of pine trees, which he began painting in 1996. The watercolours are detailed portraits of trees, including old-growth pines in Temagami, Ontario, and deciduous trees found in his local area. Wiens photographs the trees and then painstakingly reproduces their texture, colour and scale. The renderings are extremely detailed and dense.