American contemporary artist, Wayne Ensrud is known foremost as a painter and printmaker, but he was also the youngest Art Director of the Dept. of Motion Pictures and Television for the University of California.
Born in Minnesota, his career began at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has studied with such renowned masters as Ben Shahn, Joseph Albers, Jacques Lipchitz and Oskar Kokoschka. The relationship with Kokoschka focused him on nature, landscape, the figure and portraiture. He has ventured deeply into the realms of the non-objective abstract territory in order to increase his awareness of form, color and assemblage. The heart of Ensrud continues a love affair with the seen world. He has also been a juror on the San Francisco International Film Festival; Art Director for KQED, San Francisco; Executive Art Director of PBS-TV, New York City; Film Animator of man's first walk in space for ABC-TV's Gemini Space Program; Creative Director for the award- winning film series, "The Computer and the Mind of Man; and professor of film animation at Pratt Institute.
This Artist's day is spent in his studio at his easel exploring and creating. For two decades, he has been sought out to create paintings reflecting aspects of the world of wine. Fortunately since that means people and places it has been a natural extension of his "style" which does not demand or request a commercializing or change in his basic attitude and aesthetic standards.