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Gallery @501 presents an impressive list of Canadian Artists for Canada150

What does it mean to be Canadian? To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial year (150th anniversary of confederation), the Gallery@501 in Alberta, Canada presented a series of exhibits that explore what it means to be Canadian featuring artworks by: Diana Thorneycroft, Joe Fafard, Dr. Roberta Bondar and Brandy Saturley.

‘Canadianisms’ by Brandy Saturley opening at Gallery @501

I am honoured to be included with this group of iconic Canadian artists, as my retrospective exhibition, ‘Canadianisms: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada – by Brandy Saturley’ kicked off this celebratory exhibition year at Strathcona County Gallery @501.  Beginning with ‘Canadianisms’ in January, the 2800SqFt museum level, public gallery played host to some of the most well known Canadian Artists expressing a variety of views about Canada, through their artwork.

O Canada (I’m Sorry) by Diana Thorneycroft

Following ‘Canadianisms’ in February was the work of Winnipeg visual artist, Diana Thorneycroft. O Canada (I’m Sorry) featured selections of two bodies of work: Group of Seven Awkward Moments and A People’s History. The works found in the series Group of Seven Awkward Moments investigates the relationship between the Canadian landscape and national identity. A People’s History explores examples of Canadian society that exemplify the word “awkward”. In the words of Thorneycroft, “Canadian history is full of awkward moments and that is more of a reality than this heroic landscape that the Group of Seven portrayed.” The summer solo exhibition featured another Winnipeg artist and celebrated Canadian sculptor, Joe Fafard. Internationally renowned, Joe Fafard is one of Canada’s most recognized and prolific artists. Retailles offered an insight into Fafard’s exploration of the laser-cut process featuring laser-cut and welded metal sculptures along with embossed and woodcut prints.

Joe Fafard: Retailles

With more than 20,000 visitors annually the gallery has quickly developed a formidable presence, equal to the Art Gallery of Alberta, thanks to the vision of chief curator and director, Brenda Barry Byrne and her team of seasoned arts professionals.

On November 10, 2017, the final show of the season opens and I wish I had time to hop on a jet plane and cruise into gallery for the opening of Dr. Roberta Bondar’s solo exhibiton, ‘Light in the Land – the Nature of Canada. “The photographic portraits of land and seas in this exhibition are artistic interpretations of the unique and important landscape that is Canada. Appropriate in Canada’s sesquicentennial year, these images present extraordinary landscapes across the country, encouraging a love and respect for the natural environment in its complexity. The collection is a consistent view of one artist, Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first woman in space, exploring the varied landscape in the singular light that is Canada.

Enhancing the sesquicentennial celebrations, Gallery@501 in partnership with the Strathcona Wilderness Centre will be exhibiting the winning photographs from the 2013-2016 Summer Camp Bondar Challenge. Winning entries from the national Camp Bondar Challenge include three winners from the Strathcona Wilderness Centre Summer Camp.”

From ‘awkward moments’ as visualized by Diana Thorneycroft, to the Retailles of Joe Fafard, from the spectacular photographs of Canada and the nature that surrounds by Dr. Roberta Bondar, to the tongue-in-cheek narratives of my ‘Canadianisms’, this year has been a year to take pause and reflect on who we are, and where we want to go as a country. Happy Birthday Canada! See you with a new perspective in 2018.

 

Featured On Forbes – Canadian Artists On NYC Art Collectors Radar

Ten years ago I was fortunate enough to bid adieu to my day job and concentrate fully on nothing but my career as a contemporary Canadian artist. Thankful for this opportunity and mindful of the responsibility it carried, I was up for the challenge and ready to take on the art world. In the past ten years I have connected with many arts professionals around the world, thanks to the ability the Internet affords me to move from a local platform to a world wide market. Through these connections, I have found support and interest in my artwork. Whether it be curators, art gallery owners, publishers, art bloggers, art collectors or fellow artists. I am thankful to those who have been interested in my work and willing to support and share my paintings through their various networks, on and off-line.

My contemporary paintings of Canada; the nature, landscapes, people, popular culture and sports icons, have found their way into art lovers hearts across the country and even worldwide. These paintings of Canada have been featured in Our Canada Magazine, CBC Arts, AllHabs Magazine, Curry’s Canada, Visual Overture, Art Avenue Magazine, and Galleries West Magazine, to name a few. This past week I was fortunate enough to add that New York staple for business and financial news, Forbes.com. Through contributor Jason T. Borbet, I found my work among many of my favorite artists in the Art Business pages of the popular New York staple of the Wall Street set. The feature story; Price Ranges And Studio Images Of 20 Contemporary Artists, the third installment of this popular feature on the Forbes website. I was happy to see one other Canadian artist in the group, the Toronto based artist, K.I.A. whose work involves slicing 2 and 3D shapes into linear component parts, with subsequent reinterpretations of the source material. One of my favorite pieces shows a totem pole like figure, titled ‘injunjetenjun’ which he describes as a “jet engine totem pole, or a Haida space shuttle. A blueprint of a jet engine, done in the manner of west-coast aboriginal art (Haida.)”

Update: November 7, 2017

Since this article in Forbes was published Ms. Saturley’s work has increased in value. For more information about current pricing for the artwork of Brandy Saturley please visit the ‘Collect’ page on this website.

Brandy Saturley in studio – Forbes Magazine 2015

Going Solo for Canada: Canadianisms on exhibit in Sherwood Park, Alberta

From January 10, 2017

On Friday, January 6th my solo art show five years in the making met the eyes of Canadian art lovers in Sherwood Park Alberta, just outside of Edmonton. CANADIANISMS: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada is a collection of 37 of the most memorable and unique pieces from the past five years of my journey across the Canadian landscape, and into our national subconscious. Here are some photos from the opening night. The show runs until February 26, 2017 at Strathcona County Art Gallery @501 – curated by Brenda Barry Byrne and presented by Strathcona County and Festival Place Cultural Arts Foundation.

CANADIANISMS: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada – front window Strathcona County Art Gallery @501 – showing hand painted art crates by Brandy Saturley

Strathcona County Art Gallery @501 – exhibition view, opening night “Canadianisms” by Brandy Saturley

Strathcona County Art Gallery @501 – exhibition view, opening night “Canadianisms” by Brandy Saturley

ART AND THE CITY: Autumn Art Shows & Openings in Vancouver, Canada

Kroma Acrylics colours Granville Island, Vancouver BC

I’m back on the road and in beautiful Vancouver, BC! The trees are dressed in full regalia of vivid Autumn colors and it was a balmy 14 degrees and sunny today. On Granville Island I popped into Kroma acrylics, where they have been grinding their own pigments and creating supersaturated acrylic resins for over 40 years. My walk today took me to English Bay where the ocean meets Stanley Park and the vibe is active. I finally got to experience A-maze-ing Laughter a Sculpture by Yue Minjun, 2009 – part of the Vancouver Biennale public art walk. These multiple bronze men cast laughter and engage viewers of all ages. Public art I think we all can agree upon. Tomorrow I have two openings to keep me busy, until tomorrow!

Beautiful Fazioli Piano commissioned for the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver Canada – #fightforbeauty

Day two in Vancouver began with an impromptu interview on the street with a local film crew shooting a pilot for a web series, you know you’re in Hollywood North when this happens on your way to work. Today’s exhibit destinations started at the Fairmont Pacific Rim with the #fightforbeauty exhibit featuring a mixture of high fashion, architecture, visual art and design. With iconic dresses from Alexander McQueen, Yves St. Laurent and Versace, and a commissioned Fazioli grand piano from Italy, this exhibition is as educational as it is beautiful. If you are a fashion, design or architectural fan, this exhibit will delight you. My afternoon was spent in English Bay photographing architecture and beach art in the form of numerous stacks of rocks or Inukshuk along the shore. Right now I am supposed to be at the Fall members opening at the Vancouver Art gallery, but my adventurous photo taking landed me nursing a severely sprained and swollen ankle. So I will finish this with and evening toast of wine and frozen bag of peas on ankle. Here’s to feeling better for tomorrow’s events!

The new Emily Carr University of Art & Design – Vancouver Canada

Today I took my sprained ankle and wounded deer limp across town on the Skytrain, day 3 was all about the opening of the new Emily Carr University of Art & Design – opening a brand new, state-of-the-art campus and headquarters in Mount Pleasant. The new home for the university welcomed guests this weekend, and it was an interactive opening. Highlights included the learning commons, the sculpture studios and the featured exhibition. 88 Artists from 88 Years an alumni exhibition to celebrate Emily Carr University’s move to their new campus at Great Northern Way. The exhibition includes works by graduates spanning the years 1929 to 2017. Favorites included; Ken Sakurai, Atilla Richard Lukacs, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, and Laura Piasta. The new campus and its amenities include all sexes washrooms and so much more. It’s nice to see the school looking like a serious University, on the level with any other major arts institution in Canada. Well done ECUAD! Afterwards I hit the Equinox and Monte Clark galleries across the lane and also popped into the colorful space at Winsor gallery. An art filled day, time to ice the ankle, catch up with you tomorrow.

From the Royal Portrait Collection, Queen Elizabeth II – at the Vancouver Art Gallery 2017

With my sprained ankle is on the fast track, I can wiggle my toes without yelping today! On my final day in Vancouver my destination was the Vancouver Art Gallery for the Fall exhibitions. Portraits of Artists, a show from the collection of the Royal Gallery in London, Queen Elizabeth II private portrait collection. From the 1700’s onward an immense show of some of the most detailed and highly skilled classical mezzotints, etchings and paintings, an ode to the old fashioned ‘selfie’. I also enjoyed the Contemporary painting show and the Gordon Smith show, ‘Paint it Black’ – a show of work from his ‘black period’ all the canvasses with a black and brooding ground with hints of color and form. The work made me think of Monet water Lillies only the dark side. I finished the day with an Emily Carr retrospective on the top floor of the gallery, with several of her oil paintings on paper, I love the loose and pastel tones in these studies, the lighter side of Carr. A day well spent, anxious to return home and get back to painting. It’s been a good five days of stimulating the senses and enjoying the art and Fall colours in the city, back to my quiet seaside studio on the island.  ~ Artfully Yours, Brandy Saturley

 

 

IN PRINT: Canadian artists from Vancouver Island featured in Salt Magazine

Originally published November 25, 2016

Paintings by Brandy Saturley featured in SALT Magazine Nov. 2016

It has been quite the journey this year, exploring Canada. From the most rural to the grandest; I am cultivating a visual language that is distinctly Canadian. Most recently I visited Toronto for the Art Toronto International Contemporary Art Fair, with stops in Montreal and Ottawa. Working as a full-time professional visual artist, on remote Vancouver Island, comes with it’s challenges as I have worked to establish myself nationally and internationally. My travels of this past year help to keep me connected to the national discussion about Canadian art, and through this I have extended my reach across the country. This brings me to a print magazine my work was included in recently. Salt Magazine Fall/Winter 2016 issue – A publication produced on Vancouver Island by Page One Publishing Inc., that promotes fine living and travel on Vancouver Island. Distributed in Alberta, Vancouver, and to subscribers across Canada. The feature, ‘Island Inspired’ written by editor Carolyn Camilleri, features three Vancouver Island artists, including my ‘Canadianisms’, whose work has gained exposure beyond the island market.  Full article here. Keep on exploring and creating; vive le Canada! and bravo Vancouver Island artists! ~ Brandy Saturley

Vancouver Island Artists featured in SALT Magazine

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CELEBRATING CANADA: ‘CANADIANISMS’ opens at Okotoks Art Gallery

Originally published June 15, 2017

Calgary Artist Gordon Milne with Victoria Artist Brandy Saturley at the opening of Saturley's 'Canadianisms' at Okotoks Art Gallery, June 2017. | photo: Penny Rogers

Calgary Artist Gordon Milne with Victoria Artist Brandy Saturley at the opening of Saturley’s ‘Canadianisms’ at Okotoks Art Gallery, June 2017. | photo: Penny Rogers

A celebratory and intimate art opening at Okotoks Art Gallery on June 9. Housed inside an old CP Railway station, CANADIANISMS brought a patriotic and vibrant vibe to the main gallery just in time for Canada150 celebrations. A big thank you to the town of Okotoks and Okotoks Culture and Heritage, as well as the gallery staff for producing a spirited event. This past weekend also included an unveiling of the Canada150 Community Mosaic and the OAG members show inspired by the railway, From Cow-Catcher to Caboose.

CANADIANISMS: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada at  Okotoks Art Gallery at The Station | June 10 - Sept 2, 2017 | Brandy Saturley

CANADIANISMS: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada at  Okotoks Art Gallery at The Station | June 10 – Sept 2, 2017 | Brandy Saturley

CANADIANISMS: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada at  Okotoks Art Gallery at The Station | June 10 - Sept 2, 2017 | Brandy Saturley

CANADIANISMS: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada at  Okotoks Art Gallery at The Station | June 10 – Sept 2, 2017 | Brandy Saturley

CANADIANISMS: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada at  Okotoks Art Gallery at The Station | June 10 - Sept 2, 2017 | Brandy Saturley

CANADIANISMS: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada at  Okotoks Art Gallery at The Station | June 10 – Sept 2, 2017 | Brandy Saturley

CANADIANISMS: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada at  Okotoks Art Gallery at The Station | June 10 - Sept 2, 2017 | Brandy Saturley

CANADIANISMS: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada at  Okotoks Art Gallery at The Station | June 10 – Sept 2, 2017 | Brandy Saturley

CANADIANISMS: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada at  Okotoks Art Gallery at The Station | June 10 - Sept 2, 2017 | Brandy Saturley

CANADIANISMS: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada at  Okotoks Art Gallery at The Station | June 10 – Sept 2, 2017 | Brandy Saturley

CANADIANISMS: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada at  Okotoks Art Gallery at The Station | June 10 - Sept 2, 2017 | Brandy Saturley

CANADIANISMS: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada at  Okotoks Art Gallery at The Station | June 10 – Sept 2, 2017 | Brandy Saturley

 

With Okotoks Culture & Heritage Manager, Allan Boss and Okotoks artist Annette Resler

With Okotoks Culture & Heritage Manager, Allan Boss and Okotoks artist Annette Resler

 

Canadian Art Junkie shines a light on 150 Canadian Artists for Canada 150

Originally published June 29, 2017

A favourite Canadian Art Blog, ‘Canadian Art Junkie’ has been shining a light on Canadian Artists this year, and I am happy to be included in this iconic list of creators. With their 150 Canadian Artists for Canada150 features, they are bringing light to a diverse group of prolific artists in the Great White North. “For five years Saturley sussed out the icons and settings that make us Canadian.  Her works are on exhibition in Canadianisms, at Okotoks Gallery near Calgary through Sept. 2.” – read the full article here.

Canadian Art Junkie – 30/150 Canadian Symbols – Brandy Saturley

‘The Getaway’ – More Our Canada Cover Feature

Originally published on June 29, 2017

Last year for Canada Day I was exploring beautiful Yellowknife and soaking up all this Northern City has to offer. This year I am paying it forward with an article I wrote for More Our Canada Magazine, ‘To Yellowknife, With Love’. I found out a few weeks ago that one of my paintings inspired by this trip would be featured on the cover of the July issue, ‘The Getaway’ features a sled dog, the houseboats on back bay and a canoe adventure I enjoyed while exploring. The painting encompasses all that I experienced and feel about the trip, it speaks to freedom and living an authentic life. read the article now

More Our Canada Cover

Painting by Brandy Saturley on the cover of More Our Canada Magazine

 

 

Canada Inspires WestCoast Artist – Brandy Saturley talks with the Okotoks Western Wheel

In 2017, Canadian artist Brandy Saturley toured an art exhibition inspired by her travels in Canada. The artist talks with the Okotoks Western Wheel about her exhibition; ‘Canadianisms: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada’ – at the Okotoks Art Gallery near Calgary, Alberta. The show which began 2017 in Sherwood Park, just outside of Edmonton, made it’s way across the province to a town just outside of Calgary, known as Okotoks. This travelling art show includes hand painted art shipping crates, central to the show, which carries 30 paintings, illustrating stories of Canada.

Read the full interview.

Canada Inspires WestCoast artist

 

 

Canada inspires westcoast artist

Painting Portraits of Canadians – talking to Christa Couture for CBC Arts

In 2011, I began a journey, that became a collaborative Canadian Portrait Project. It started with an experience during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, that caused me to reflect on what it means to be a Canadian. From this a series of paintings emerged, the project became known as #ICONICCANUCK. These paintings extended my connections with people, I found myself painting athletes for Canadian Tire Jumpstart in Toronto and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary. This is how I began painting portraits of Canadians.

painting portraits of Canadians

These events allowed me to interact with more people, from all corners of Canada and continue the discussion. My journey then led to a solo showing of these paintings in Edmonton in December 2013. In 2014, I launched a parallel project inspired by the conversations I was having with Canadians, the project became known as ‘The People of Canada Portrait Project’ , in which Canadians submit their best Canadian ‘selfie’ and I paint their portrait. Fast forward to 2016; the photos keep coming in and my journey across the Canadian landscape continues. This year I connected with people on the ground in Yellowknife, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Torono, Montreal and Ottawa. Through these experiences I had even more discussion and it is the people I met, in person and on-line, who set me on a deeper journey questioning, who are the People of Canada? Whether born, immigrated to, or ex-patriot, I want to know you, the People of Canada.

Painting portraits of Canadians

In November I received an email from singer, songwriter, and storyteller, Christa Couture, (Associate Producer for CBC Canada 2017) and the result is this lovely article, shining a light on the project. “Enticed by the power of portraiture, Saturley wants to explore and showcase the rich diversity of Canadians through focusing on the relationships we have. When choosing which photo submissions to turn into paintings, she asks the subjects a series of questions.” READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.

Brandy Saturley CBC

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