Becoming An Artist – Talking Art, Passion and Hockey

When does someone become an Artist? What drives the creation of a painting? How many hours are spent making Art? People are attracted to passion, and those who pursue their passions relentlessly, putting it all on the line. Talking with Canadian documentary filmmaker Randy Frykas, about becoming an Artist and the influence of hockey.

In October 2019, a few months before COVID-19 started changing how we navigate our worlds, I invited a Winnipeg filmmaker into my haven, my Art studio. As I stated in a blog post from 2018, art studios “are places typically reserved for artists to create, serious art collectors to view the work privately, and curators to visit and consider works for future art exhibitions.” After a few emails back and fourth, and a telephone conversation, I agreed to the visit and I also agreed to let the filmmaker ask questions without pre-screening. He came to learn and film and arrived with a professional audio engineer, James Humberstone, also originally hailing from Manitoba. I accepted their visit and interest purely on the portfolio Frykas produced when I began asking questions. There seemed to be a common ground in the topic of hockey and my paintings about hockey, so the focus became mostly these works from my oeuvre of the past decade. I had recently returned home from a month studying and making work at the Royal College of Art in London, England, and was in the process of making a new work, a large landscape on loose canvas.

Becoming an artist documentary film

Over the course of two separate days, Frykas asked questions and recorded digital video. Over the course of the coming months the team of The Passion Projects, led by director Frykas, began editing while flying to other locations to film with other talented people driven by their passions. With Frykas and Humberstone also creating their own soundtrack for each short documentary film produced for the project. This truly was becoming a collaborative effort, filled with passion and experience, bringing together film, editing, sound, music and visual art.

As this series began shooting before COVID hit, and was being developed as the filmmakers’ own passion project on the side while he is working full-time TV and freelance gigs, the series is developing organically and is quickly becoming a record of life and attitudes before, during and eventually post COVID.

filmmaker Randy Frykas

I don’t invite many people into my studio, it really is my workplace, and a sacred place I go to escape into my work. I was moved by the enthusiasm exuding from the voice on the other end of the phone line, which was as palpable in person. Vulnerability is another important facet of making great Art, and those days we were filming, we were at our most vulnerable, and I am proud of the film that came from this experience.

Sincere thanks to Randy Frykas and James Humberstone, I can’t wait to see what comes next!

Randy Frykas James Humberstone The Passion Projects

Sincerely Yours,

Brandy Saturley a.k.a #iconiccanuck

The IOC Trophy for Sport Art, shortlisted painting about hockey.

TORONTO, ON April 2015 – This week we received news from the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) that the painting, ‘Goalie’s Mask: red, white & Dryden’, by Canadian visual artist and painter, Brandy Saturley, has been shortlisted for the 2014 IOC Trophy in Sport and Art.

Another accolade for a painting that launched a new body of work titled, #ICONICCANUCK, in 2010, and later was exhibited as part of retrospective exhibitions, ‘Canadianisms’ in 2017 celebrating Canada150. The Goalie’s Mask painting continues to ignite interest and engage viewers in passionate discussion about Olympic hockey, Dryden, Habs and Canada. From The Glenbow Museum Lobby in Calgary, to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, from Gallery @501 in Sherwood Park, Alberta, to Okotoks Art Gallery in, Calgary, Alberta. This iconic and important painting has been included in numerous exhibitions across Canada including; Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto. The painting has been featured across the web, from art publications like Galleries West Magazine, Montreal Canadiens Instagram, to on-line Habs communities including AllHabs Magazine.

The Goalie’s Mask Painting – shortlisted for the Olympic Trophy in Sport & Art 2014

An homage to Canada, hockey, Habs, goaltenders and the American painter, Georgia O’ Keeffe; the painting has touched many and enjoyed accolades and a range of polarizing feedback from art lovers and hockey lovers alike. Bridging a gap between sport and art and bringing together two communities, often at odds over funding.

“The annual International Olympic Committee (IOC) Trophy was established in 1985 to promote the teaching of Olympism in various areas. For 2014 the IOC intends to reward artistic expression. With the Canadian trophy, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) wishes to recognise artists and creators who, through their talent, have promoted Olympism and left a legacy through art.” ~

Olympism is defined by the IOC as follows:

“Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.”

As accolades and press pile up, the value of the original piece has increased considerably over the past decade. With the continued building of interest and fascination in the painting, the artist suggests it may now be time to offer this important Canadian painting for sale. Update 2021: learn more about this painting.

IOC Trophy Sport Art