John Noestheden

About the Artist

“Truth, order, healing and clarification are gifts from the Shaman (Artist).” – from an  artist statementA commentary by an artist on an artwork, and exhibition, belief system, or any other topic.  by John Noestheden

John Noestheden was born in Amsterdam, Holland in 1945 and moved to Canada in 1951.  He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Windsor, in Windsor, Ontario, in 1972 and then studied for his Master’s degree at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Noestheden worked as a high school art teacher and then as a community college instructor in woodworking and furniture restoration before spending ten years as a self-employed furniture designer and maker.  He then taught advanced  drawingDepiction of shapes and forms on a surface chiefly by means of lines. Colour and shading may be included. A major fine art technique in itself, drawing is the basis of all pictorial representation, and an early step in most art activities. Though an integral part of most painting, drawing is generally differentiated from painting by the dominance of line over mass. There are many sorts of drawing techniques, varying according to the effect the artist wants, and depending on whether the drawing is an end in itself — an independent and finished work of art -- or a preliminary to some other medium or form — although distinct from the final product, such drawings also have intrinsic artistic value. Preliminary drawings include various exercises (e.g., contour drawing, gesture drawing, figure drawing, drawing from the flat), as well as sketches and studies, cartoons and underdrawings. (Artlex.com)  at the University of Guelph for a year before moving to Regina, Saskatchewan in 1990, where he now teaches  sculptureA three-dimensional work of art, or the art of making it. Such works may be carved, modeled, constructed, or cast. Sculptures can also be described as assemblage, in the round, and relief, and made in a huge variety of media. A sculptor is one who creates sculptures. (artlex.com)  and  drawingDepiction of shapes and forms on a surface chiefly by means of lines. Colour and shading may be included. A major fine art technique in itself, drawing is the basis of all pictorial representation, and an early step in most art activities. Though an integral part of most painting, drawing is generally differentiated from painting by the dominance of line over mass. There are many sorts of drawing techniques, varying according to the effect the artist wants, and depending on whether the drawing is an end in itself — an independent and finished work of art -- or a preliminary to some other medium or form — although distinct from the final product, such drawings also have intrinsic artistic value. Preliminary drawings include various exercises (e.g., contour drawing, gesture drawing, figure drawing, drawing from the flat), as well as sketches and studies, cartoons and underdrawings. (Artlex.com)  for the Faculty of Fine Arts program at the University of Regina.

In his practice Noestheden produces both sculpture and drawings, which have been exhibited widely since 1975.  He has also had four major sculpture commissions, including a public work at the University of Regina in 2007.  Recently, Noestheden has also contributed to  performanceAn art form in which the actions of a person or group in a particular place at a particular time constitute the artwork; all works of performance art therefore incorporate time, space, the performer’s body, and the relationship between performer and viewer.  events, collaborating with musicians and dancers in works inspired by mathematical equations.


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His Background and Training
Technobabble
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