Edwin Herrenschmidt’s artistic endeavours began around the age of two when he picked up a blue crayon (Yves Klein blue no doubt) and started drawing on anything within reach. Later on, driven and influenced by our image-consumption society, Edwin’s approach to art eventually became a critique, a bi-product, and a contributing factor in this relentless visual bombardment. Buckle up!
His latest series of works attempt to illustrate the broken narrative of waking dreams, of a parallel consciousness that imprints our memories, like fading souvenirs of places visited and people encountered.
Furthermore, Edwin is a founding member and treasurer of a fine art printmaking artist collective – Burnt Toast Studio – established in 2000. He considers this unique shared workspace as an art lab, where ideas and techniques can be explored, exchanged, experienced or expunged.
Born in Tahiti and raised in Strasbourg, France, Edwin Herrenschmidt immigrated to Canada in 1994. He attained a BFA in Printmaking from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 1996. His work has been exhibited in several Calgary galleries such as Axis Contemporary Art, The EPCOR Centre for the Arts, The Art Gallery of Calgary, Image 54, Artspace Contemporary Art, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, University of Calgary, as well as the Czech Republic (University of Ostrava) and Japan (University of Kyoto).
He is a seasoned graphic designer, a typographical noodle chef, a big sponge that awaits the next design spill… generous with his time and a philanthropist at heart, he joined the Stampede City Kinsmen Club in August of 2015. (portrait by Sophie Thouvenin )