Heather Gentleman

I am a painter, sculptor, storyteller and teacher. The premise of my work is to communicate, which is achieved through the use of symbolism, literary reference and text. The moniker hag, which I use to sign and exhibit my work, is comprised of my initials. It embodies the meaning of the seer, which is evocative of the role I have chosen as a conduit through which inspiration flows and connects with others.

My work is figurative in nature. I delve into the psyche of the subject and how their self-perception is manifested through outward appearance, environment and personal objects to create a story that is conveyed to the outside world.Working in wax has expanded my conceptual approach of the layering of meaning in a story, through the physical layering of the wax. Visually and conceptually, my work expresses a constant tension between light and dark, life and death, perception and reality, past and present.The stories and subject matter that characterize my work have the sensibility of an intimate conversation, and yet express universal and archetypal truths, that move beyond the personal and engage the viewer to ask questions.
I have an Honours BA in Fine Arts at the University of Guelph as well as studying at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) and the University of London, England. My work has won several international arts awards and has been featured in several books, magazines, design annuals and media, in local, national and international media .It is also found in private and corporate collections in Canada, U.S., France and Great Britain.In addition to exhibiting in Toronto galleries, I have participated in several group shows. My studio, Hag Atelier, in the Historic Distillery District is dedicted to the production and teaching of Encaustic. I have also been teaching art at private and public schools as a visiting artist since 2001. I am also a board member of the artist run collective Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts in the Queen Street West Gallery District.