Saturday, 15 August 2020
Sunday, 22 September 2019
A small hardcover book showing off some of Stehwien's best prairie works in pastel and watercolor!
Available at McNally Robinson and SaskMade Marketplace on 8th Street in Saskatoon as well as the Glenbow Giftshop in Calgary, where our art cards are also sold. And our etsy shop!
Posted by B. Stehwien at 11:05
Monday, 13 August 2018
Two compilations of paintings and sketches in and around southern Germany are now complete. It's quite exciting to go from stacks of paintings and boxes of old sketches to seeing them in high resolution images, all in one. Having these wonderful motifs hidden in studio and basement didn't make much sense, and scanning them has now preserved even the damaged ones. The books are wonderful to look at for anyone, but bring back many memories for anyone who is familiar with the areas that Fritz Stehwien captured in his travels while living in southern Germany.
Posted by B. Stehwien at 12:07
Sunday, 29 October 2017
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Posted by B. Stehwien at 08:20
Sunday, 8 October 2017
Results of publishing are a series of black and white art cards and two delightful colour puzzles to make a unique little Christmas gift.
Sales of these items will commence in Saskatoon at these events:
WDM Christmas Craft Faire October 13th and 14th
'Our Best to You' event at Prairieland Park November 17th - 19th
'Sundog Faire' at Sask Place December 1st - 3rd
Posted by B. Stehwien at 08:39
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Posted by B. Stehwien at 21:19
Thursday, 30 June 2016
Saturday, 7 May 2016
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Friday, 15 April 2016
|5.25 x 7.25 Images from the original works by Fritz Stehwien,|
Cost is $5 each, or 4 for $18 plus shipping.
Choose from 4 motifs:
Northern Lake Sunset
Set of 4 cards
Posted by B. Stehwien at 14:53
Tuesday, 29 March 2016
It's always an exciting thing to see familiar works in print. The first four Art Cards rolled through the printing press and we were given a sneak peek :
Seeing that, plus the results, definitely beats any process or quality achievable on a home printer, no matter how fancy.
Posted by B. Stehwien at 15:34
Thursday, 25 February 2016
Sunday, 17 January 2016
Sunday, 20 September 2015
Review by Shelley A. Leedahl, September 2015
The softcover book Fritz Stehwien: A Retrospective, originally published in 1993 and later released with an updated biography, was a family affair. The book-not unlike a gallery catalogue produced to accompany a major artist’s show-is prefaced by introductions to the German-born artist’s life and work by daughter Barbara Stehwien and daughter-in-law Nancy Robinson-Stehwien. What follows is 20 attractive pages of black and white and colour images of the prolific artist’s work, including landscapes, portraits, and still-lifes.
First, the man. In the introductions we learn that Stehwien was the quintessential artist, always ready to capture the spirit of what was around him, and as such he lived a full and interesting life. “I have not known him to go anywhere without his materials,” his daughter writes, adding that if he didn’t have everything that was required, he would “improvise using the back of painted or printed matter, even restaurant napkins.” She says he would use “any old pen rather than lose an important moment.”
The use of “moment” here lends a clue to the value the subject of this book saw in those brief snatches of time, when perhaps the sun was only momentarily striking the leaves of a tree and making them golden, or brightening a distant field in a prairie scene, like he illustrated in his painting “Old Farmyard, 1984”.
The author speaks of her father’s vocation as “an inherent part” of him. “Even at family get-togethers he will not rest.” This passion is reiterated by his daughter-in-law, Nancy, who writes of the artist’s “zest for life,” the “unerring perspective evident in his rendering of buildings and cityscapes,” and “his ability to see the subject of a painting in something most of us would pass by without a second glance.”
Now, the work. Through his spontaneous charcoal and pastel sketches;
his oil portraits; his pencil, pen, and ink drawings; woodcuts; and his acrylics-indeed it seems he covered all the media-I agree with his daughter that her father was a “versatile” and highly-skilled artist. Apparently the “powers that be” at Saskatoon City Hall believe the same, as Stehwien’s name has been added to the list of those who will one day have a city park named after them.
I was particularly moved by the book’s front and back cover images. On the front, “Autumn at the Lake,” an atmospheric acrylic painted in 1989; and on the back, a Saskatoon winter scene, revealing children playing on a riverside hill, the Bessborough Hotel rising proudly in the background. Lovely. I also much enjoyed his precise pen and ink renderings in “Russian Peasants” (1942), “Warsaw” (1944), and my favourite (perhaps because I know the subject so well), “White Pelicans in Saskatoon” (1993). The latter made me homesick.
The book concludes with an impressive biography. Clearly Stehwien was as generous as he was gifted: in his final year, 2008, several paintings were donated to organizations, including the Saskatoon Symphony, Open Door Society, Boys & Girl Club in Saskatoon, and to St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.
Posted by B. Stehwien at 13:59
Friday, 18 July 2014
The Fritz Stehwien 'Retrospective' booklet is being re-released in honour of what would be the artist's 100th birthday. The 24 page booklet was published for one of Fritz's biggest one-man shows, in 1993. It was meant to be a retirement exhibit, with selected pieces in the show (and in the book) spanning his 70 year career at the time.
Fritz continued to paint however, and had many more shows, in Canada and Germany. Find much more information on the Fritz Stehwien blog .
A series of books to focus on individual periods are being planned.
Posted by B. Stehwien at 18:26