Dennis Ekstedt is a painter who lives and works in Montreal, Canada. He received his Diploma in Fine Arts in 1986 from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C and his M.F.A in 1993 from Concordia University in Montreal. He was the Eastern Canada winner of the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2002 and his paintings are included in many public, corporate and private collections in Canada and internationally. He has exhibited in Canada, France, United Arab Emirates and the U.S. and has received artist grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec. His work is included in the publications Carte Blanche Vol 2-Painting (2008) and The RBC Painting Competition: 10 years (2008). He has worked with many art consultant firms and is represented by Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary, Canada and Mark Moore Fine Art in Los Angeles, U.S.A.
In my paintings I try to depict the dramatic and ethereal luminosity of electric light found in illuminated interiors, landscapes and architectures. I do this through layered compositions of lights and luminous forms that are both figurative and abstract.
In many of my paintings I depict vast sprawls of electric light that represent humanity’s presence on the landscape. To me, the networks of electric light in these landscapes resemble nervous systems. I find it fascinating how these nervous systems of electric light are traces of human presence on landscapes that are literally electrified by human habitation.