The evolution of an iconic Canadian artwork, painted 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.
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 Goalie’s Mask Painting is currently featured in a retrospective exhibition featuring 51 paintings spanning 10 years – online all access during this COVID-19 year. 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 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Late in 2010, the painting is completed.
2011: the painting sees the light and the eyes of patrons attending the Sooke Fine Arts Show on Vancouver Island.
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
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.
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.
Two full page features in Summer & Winter Galleries West Magazine
2013: Early in the year Saturley is interviewed by AllHabs hockey Magazine about the goalie 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.
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.
2014: the Canadian Art Junkie features the Goalie’s Mask Painting in her popular Canadian Art Blog
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.
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.
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, has included solo exhibitions by 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.
In 2019, this painting about hockey, and the collective Canadian consciousness, appeared in a clip for an upcoming documentary series by Winnipeg filmmaker, Randy Frykas.
In 2020, the piece appears in the first virtual exhibition, during the COVID-19 pandemic – reaching a worldwide audience. The artist talks about the piece, in this short video posted August 13, 2020
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. A very limited edition of reproduction prints on the finest printmaking paper, are available now. To find out more about the original Goalie’s Mask painting, please drop us an email to [email protected] and we will include you in the announcement for sale.