Wenzel, Roy

‘Rather, what might be interpreted in some pictures as magical, nocturnal bustle, perhaps with the central presence of a ferris wheel is, in fact, the reproduction of more commonplace activities – a visit to relatives, a train journey, a landscape. Unlike so many contemporary artists whose work operates at a detached, over-theorised level, Wenzel draws deep from the world he inhabits and those human beings whose lives are important to him. It is true that through the pictorial transformations he wreaks, and untouched by consideration of the possible consequences, he lays himself bare to scrutiny, but in doing so he creates an art which transcends the personal and speaks more directly to its audience.’

Reference: Ans van Berkum, Colin Rhodes, David Parker; Roy Wenzel. Works on Paper, Zwolle (De Stadshof) 2000.