The Evolution of The Goalie’s Mask Painting – by Brandy Saturley

In 2010, a painting that would change the trajectory of Canadian artist and painter Brandy Saturley’s oeuvre and art career, was born. The Goalie’s Mask painting (Goalie’s Mask: red, white & Dryden) is a realistic painting of an old game worn goal tenders mask, with the Canadian flag as backdrop.

Goalie’s Mask: red, white & Dryden, commonly referred to as ‘the goalie’s mask painting’ has become the most famous painting (perhaps the most important) in a body of work expressing an artist’s view of Canada from 2010-2020.  The painting has seen it’s fair share of recognition and attention in the realms of Canadian art and sport. Below we chart the journey which this painting has taken.

2010: Inception of the idea, influenced by the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the Canucks near Stanley Cup win and the iconic painting by Georgia O’ Keefe, Cow’s Skull: red, white and blue as seen by the artist while on a trip to New York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Late in 2010, the painting is completed.

famous Canadian painting of goal tenders mask on Canadian flag

2011: the painting is juried into one of the most celebrated annual art exhibitions in British Columbia, the Sooke Fine Arts Show on Vancouver Island.

realistic painting of goalie mask on Canadian flag with the artist Brandy Saturley

2011: the painting is selected to show in the 70th Anniversary of the Federation of Canadian Artist’s Show at Federation Gallery in Vancouver, BC

Federation of Canadian Artists 70th anniversary show Vancouver

2012: after a call from Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary, Alberta, the painting is loaned to the hall for the upcoming Induction Ceremonies and display in the Glenbow Museum lobby at Telus Convention Centre.

famous painting of goalie mask at Glenbow Museum Telus lobby Calgary

2012: Later this year the painting finds a home in the Hockey Gallery at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame until Fall 2013. The www.goaliesmaskpainting.com website is launched with the support of The Hall and 29 limited edition metallic photo prints are sold, with a portion of the proceeds going to The Hall.

the hockey gallery at Canadas Sports Hall of Fame

Two full page features in Summer & Winter Galleries West Magazine

the artworks of Brandy Saturley featured in Galleries West magazine

2013: Early in the year Saturley is interviewed by AllHabs hockey Magazine about the goalie’s mask painting and her paintings celebrating Canada. Following this Saturley’s work was featured by several websites including; DennisKane.com, A Portrait of the Visual Arts in Canada, Canadian Art Junkie, Art Avenue Magazine, Visual Overture, Artists in Canada News and more.

goalies mask painting feature AllHabs hockey Magazine Brandy Saturley

2013: In December, the goalie’s mask painting, which spawned a new body of work for Saturley is presented in a solo exhibition in Edmonton. The show finds a title, #ICONICCANUCK and 10 paintings are unveiled at this show, hosted by Visual Arts Alberta/CARFAC Gallery A.

#ICONICCANUCK art show at CARFAC Alberta - Brandy Saturley

2014: the Canadian Art Junkie features the Goalie’s Mask Painting in her popular Canadian Art Blog

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In 2014, The Goalie’s Mask painting is shortlisted for the IOC Olympic Trophy in Sport and Art – the painting ships out to Canadian Olympic Committee headquarters in Toronto, Canada.

Canadian Olympic Trophy for Sport and Art

In 2017, Saturley is contracted to show her paintings inspired by Canada in the year of Canada’s Sesquicentennial (Canada 150) at two public art galleries in Alberta, Canada. These successional exhibitions, titled Canadianisms: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada, featured the Goalie’s Mask Painting, a central part of the show and the first piece in a series of artworks that spans nearly a decade now and over 100 paintings.

The first exhibition of Saturley’s ‘Canadianisms’ was hosted by Strathcona County Gallery @501 in Sherwood Park, Alberta just outside Alberta’s capital city of Edmonton. A 2000SqFt public art gallery, curated by Brenda Barry Byrne MFA, BFA – this gallery has quickly become a venue for art on par with the Alberta Art Gallery.

Canadianisms solo art exhibition at Gallery 501 Strathcona County - Brandy Saturley

The second exhibition of 2017, was hosted by the Okotoks Art Gallery in Okotoks Alberta, just outside the metropolis of Calgary. This A class public gallery under the direction of Allan Boss, presenting solo exhibitions by many famous Canadian artists’ including Edward Burtynsky, one of Canada’s most celebrated photographers. Housed with an old CP Railway station, the venue comes with a considerable history and was an ideal location for presenting these paintings inspired by Canada.

Canadianisms at Okotoks Art Gallery - Brandy Saturley

In 2019, this painting about hockey, and the collective Canadian consciousness, appeared in the short documentary film, ‘The Iconic Canuck’. Filmed over two days, inside the studio of the Artist, this film delves into the impetus behind Saturley’s paintings about hockey and Canada.

In 2020, the piece appears in the first virtual exhibition, during the COVID-19 pandemic – reaching a worldwide audience.

Canadian Artist solo Exhibition poster 2020 Brandy Saturley

The Goalie’s Mask painting currently remains in the collection of the artist. The original painting is being framed and a special case built to house the painting. To find out more about the original Goalie’s Mask painting, please drop us an email to The Goalie’s Mask and we will include you in the announcement for sale.

More about the artist, Brandy Saturley here.