Wendy Hough is a Canadian-born artist with a degree from the University of British Columbia. Wendy's practice spans a range from large scale installations to more intimate drawings and sculptures. She creates artwork for private and public installation, both permanent and temporary. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and Canada with significant local exhibitions including the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, and Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco. Her work has also been featured in the Viewing Program at the Drawing Center in New York City. Wendy's work is in private collections in Canada and the U.S. She currently resides in California.





I believe drawing is the most expressive of practices. The immediacy of drawing is felt both as I explore an idea and by the viewer beholding a finished work. When drawing, I almost always bring back the foundation of a piece to its surface. Revealing these lines reveals the thought, feeling, and flow, that are my reflective state while creating a work. I have an obsession with detail yet often aim for a simplicity of form that can create and hold an edge between perception and abstraction. In the temporary Wall Drawings, using fragile materials allows me to explore the ephemeral. For someone witnessing the accumulation of marks there is anticipation and realization but it is fleeting. Erasing the work creates marks all the same and in a sense the drawing is still being created even as it is erased. The permanent Wall Drawings hold a moment in suspension and what is ephemeral is perception.


Selected Exhibitions

2017, 19 August – 16 September, Group Hang, The Lab, San Francisco, CA

2013, April – June, Wall Drawing, Open Space Arts Society, Victoria, BC, Canada

2010, Oct 21 – Nov 27, Blurring the Line, Kala Gallery, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California

2010, Sept, Sketches, Other Gallery at The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada

2010, Mar – May, Wall Drawing, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, California

2009, Mono no aware— Wall Drawings, Yosemite Place Gallery, San Francisco, California

2007, Delineations— Wire Works, Yosemite Place Gallery, San Francisco, California



Artist Residencies

Facebook Headquarters, Menlo Park, CA 27 March – 19 June 2017.

Open Space Arts Society. Victoria, BC, Canada, April–May 2013

The Venice Printmaking Studio. Venice, Italy, June 2011

The Banff Centre. Banff, AB, Canada, August–September 2010



Reviews, Publications, & Resources

Boas, Nayasha. “The Memory of History.” Open Form: Facebook Artists in Residence 2012–2017.
Facebook, Inc., 2017. ISBN 978-0-996564-24-3.


Encyclopedia of Material. Laurence King Publishing, London UK, estimated 2019.

Lawrence, Toby. “In Advance of Erasure.” Wendy Hough: Wall Drawing, 18-26.
Victoria, BC: Open Space Arts Society, 2013. ISBN 978–1–895532–40–1.

Marzolf, Helen. “Every line as Long as a Song.” Wendy Hough: Wall Drawing, 12-15.
Victoria, BC: Open Space Arts Society, 2013. ISBN 978–1–895532–40–1.

Cheng, DeWitt. “Uncatagorical Imperatives at Kala Gallery.” East Bay Express,
November 24, 2010. www.eastbayexpress.com.


Tromble, Meredith. “‘Wall Drawing’ at Hosfelt gallery.” Stretcher.org, March 21, 2010, www.stretcher.org.

Baker, Kenneth. “LeWitt etc. at Hosfelt.” San Francisco Chronicle, April 10, 2010. www.sfgate.com.


Online References

Installation progress for Facebook commission was shared on Artist’s Instagram

The Drawing Center, New York, Viewing Program

Installation Timelapse—Open Space Arts Society, South Park Commons


Open Space Arts Society residency


Wendy creates artworks and installations for private or public commissions.

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