Born in Trinidad and Tobago, raised in Ottawa since the age of eight, Wendell has a unique perspective on which to view the complexities of the outsider in society.
In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal. his major was film production and film studies.
Media Blackmale 1991 - Moving from Mapplethorpe's gaze that objectified the body, to the perspective of the subject, this video challenges media stereotypes of Black masculinity, the body as form and the Black man as object. -Premiere Mondial catalogue
The Landscape Within 1992 - This Daliesque liquid film proposes to examine our notions of colour, gender, good and evil. - Premiere Mondial catalogue
I and I Outlook 1993 - This film explores the sometimes problematic nature of black communal dynamics, specifically those of fathers and sons.
In 1994, Wendell moved to Toronto and started working in the film industry in the scenic arts department.
By the start of 1995, he had secured a grant from the Ontario Arts Council to complete a project on Shafiq, a spoken words poet. The title: The Irregular Black Star.
Though the shooting went quickly, the post-production took a laborious two years. It was early 1998 before the project was complete.
With the completion of his latest work, Wendell has entered a new and vital phase of his artistic development and is presently working on several short film projects.
Artist Code: 604