Enda Bardell

by | Dec 13, 2022 | Blog, Featured Artist

Tell us a little about yourself
Enda: “I am originally from Varbla, Estonia and now I live in Vancouver, Canada. I started painting when I was a young teenager, continued off and on, intercepted by family and many careers, finally settling down to painting as a careers in 2002.”

What medium do you use?
Enda: “Watercolour, I use Winsor Newton paints, 140lb Arches cold press paper, spattering, salt and sandpaper to create texture.
I love painting the feeling of freedom in shifting clouds, the character of trees in the forest, nature’s growth, and freighters in the sea, seeing them as “guys” shifting for position.”

Did you study art?
Enda: “I attended Vancouver School of Art,  now ECUAD and workshop with my favourite artists and some self-taught.”

Is art a career of hobby?
Enda: “This is now a career since 2002.”

Fun Fact
Enda: “In my cold water local swimming I have been accompanied by a seal 2 times. Once, on Cragg Lake, Yukon, a young brown bear planned to join me, which prompted me to get out of the water fast, as he could swim faster than me…”

Do you exhibit your artwork?
Enda: “I have had over 40 solo exhibitions, over 150 group shows. Most important exhibition was the Estonian Art in Exile Exhibition (Eesti Kunst Paguluses) at KUMU, the National Museum of Art in Tallinn, Estonia, the country of my birth. One abstract painting, Relief, is in the permanent collection at KUMU. The other painting, Quadrangle, is in the permanent collection of the Tartu Art Museum.

What kind of subjects do you paint?
Enda: “Skyscapes, landscapes, and freighters”

Which artist inspire you?
Enda: “Beginning when I was young, Van Gogh, followed by Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Joan Balzar, Mark Rothko and Toni Onley.
One of my most memorable experiences, bringing me to tears, was seeing all of Van Gogh’s work in 1990, on the anniversary of his death in Amsterdam. Another most memorable experience was being invited to show my work at the Estonian Art in Exile (Eesti Kunst Paguluses) at KUMU, the National Gallery of Estonia, featuring work by Estonian artists who fled the country when it was occupied in 1944 by USSR.”

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