John Wentz: War and the Will to Survive

wentz1Stark landscapes and dilapidated carnival structures are the backdrops to John Wentz’s haunting oil paintings on the theme of war and self-destruction.  He’s about to go on exhibit at Modern Eden in San Francisco.


The gas mask appears throughout the imagery in this new series, symbolizing the fear of the unseen and unknown. Like many potent symbols. . . it represents the will to survive amid the dehumanizing effects of war. -Artist statement





John Wentz is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His interest in art began at the age of 6 when he discovered Batman and Spiderman comics. After years of copying comics panel by panel he worked in the commercial arts as a muralist, billboard creator and freelance illustrator. After learning to paint by doing airbrushed billboards, Wentz decided to pursue Fine Art and work in oils.

See more on his website, here.

3 Responses to “John Wentz: War and the Will to Survive”
  1. Reblogged this on Design for your sweet tooth and commented:
    War and self-destruction – amazing oil paintings a must see so had to share. Enjoy & be inspired.

  2. The paintings are really quite haunting in its own way. Scary, but very interesting, indeed. Thank you for sharing this! 🙂

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