A Visual Storyteller – Canadian Artist Brandy Saturley
Canadian Visual Artist Brandy Saturley is a visual storyteller, painter, and #ICONICCANUCK™
Artist Statement: I am obsessed with the iconography of Canada, and in turn I am creating my own.
What informed my work began with ‘popular culture’ and stereotype. Over the years I became more interested in ‘authentic experiences’ and I began to travel to gain a true understanding of the collective Canadian consciousness, and in returning home to Vancouver Island, a better understanding of the culture in which I was raised. My practice focuses on acrylic painting on canvas, and over the years has incorporated collage, photography, writing, and video. My paintings encompass themes related to Canadian popular culture, symbolism, and the landscape; distinctly rendered in my signature pop realism aesthetic and vivid palettes. Some say I am a visual storyteller, others say my work begs for a story. I see Art as a conduit to appreciating life more deeply. Enjoy it. Art doesn’t ask for you to understand it, or label it, ART simply IS. Each viewer brings their own personal experiences when viewing a work of art, these experiences often trigger memories. Each art collector falls in love with what speaks to them the most. When an art lover connects with my work in some way, a gift is given and received.
SHORT BIO: Brandy Saturley was born in Victoria, BC Canada. Saturley studied contemporary visual arts in London, England at The Royal College of Art & Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada. The artist also carries a degree in cinema from the Victoria Motion Picture School. Saturley’s work has been exhibited internationally and collected widely. Public collections include Colart Collection (Rossy Family Trust), Price’s Alarms, Canadian Tire, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and Blue Ant Media. Saturley’s work was shortlisted for an Olympic Trophy in 2014. Gaining notoriety as the ‘Voice of Canadian Pop Art’ ~ Whitehot Magazine NYC, 2018
The Artworks of Brandy Saturley have been featured in numerous publications, websites and blogs including; CBC Arts, Forbes, Our Canada, More Our Canada, Whitehot Magazine NYC, Okotoks Western Wheel , Sherwood Park News, Canmore Leader News, Sportsnet, and in many Canadian blogs including AllHabs Magazine, Canadian Art Junkie, Puckstruck, Dennis-Kane.com, Independent Sports News, Curry’s Canada, Life As Human, and a Portrait of the Visual Arts in Canada. Saturley’s self-published works and portfolio are on file with ARTEXTE in Montreal, and the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
British Columbia born and West Coast raised, the Vancouver Island artist spends time traveling across Canada, her home and studio have always remained in Victoria, BC. The artist openly shares her studio process, art travel and road trips, exhibition news, and new painting releases on her Instagram page daily. You can follow Brandy Saturley on Instagram.
Short documentary film about Brandy Saturley (early life and impetus for paintings about hockey) : The Iconic Canuck
2018 Catalogue Cover – 50th Anniversary SCA Exhibition Catalogue Papermill Gallery | Toronto, CANADA
2018 Finalist – NPAF Haleakala National Park Artist-in-Residence Program | Maui, Hawaii USA
2017 Travel Bursary – Visual Arts Alberta/CARFAC
2014 Shortlisted – IOC/ Canadian Olympic Committee Olympic Trophy in Sport & Art, Toronto, ON
2014 People’s Choice Award – Art: Objet de Sport – Gallery@501, Sherwood Park, Alberta
2013/20 Purchase Awards – Colart Collection (Larry Rossy Family Trust) – Mount Royal, Quebec
2010 Representation Award at SCOPE Miami 2010 – Juried by Elisabeth Sussman, Senior Curator, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Jarrett Gregory, Curatory of Contemporary Art, The New Museum, New York.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2022 MODERN CANADIAN POP MYTHOS | Brandy Saturley Gallery | Berlin Kunstmatrix Gallery
2021 BOUNDLESS NORTH | Brandy Saturley Studio | Berlin Kunstmatrix Gallery
2020 People of Canada Portrait Project | Brandy Saturley Studio | Berlin Kunstmatrix Gallery
2017 CANADIANISMS: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada | Okotoks Art Gallery – Calgary, CANADA
2017 CANADIANISMS: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada | Gallery @501 – Edmonton, CANADA
2013 #ICONICCANUCK | VAAA Gallery @ Harcourt House – Edmonton CANADA
2013 Live painting demo @ Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame – Calgary CANADA
SELECTED TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2020 TOGETHER/DIVIDED | with Gisa Mayer | Mountain Forms Collective Gallery | Berlin Kunstmatrix
2011 Reflections on Nature | with Brenda Hirst | The Edge Gallery – Canmore, AB CANADA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021 Winter Group Show | Adele Campbell Fine Art | Whistler, BC
2019 What is an Image? | Dyson Gallery @ Royal College of Art | London, England
2018 Society of Canadian Artists 50th International Exhibition | Papermill Gallery – Toronto, CANADA
2015 POTE: Painting on The Edge | Federation Gallery – Vancouver, BC CANADA
2015 28th Annual Sooke Fine Arts | Fine Arts Association Gallery – Sooke, BC CANADA
2014 Art: Objet de Sport | Strathcona Gallery @501 – Sherwood Park, AB CANADA
2012 LOWBROW | Resolution Gallery – Calgary, AB CANADA
2012 U8 | Sopa Fine Arts Gallery – Kelowna, BC CANADA
2011 70th Anniversary Show Federation of CDN Artists | Federation Gallery – Vancouver, BC CANADA
“Confronting the enormity of the landscape has become a crucial aspect in Canadian identity, and a thread that is woven throughout Saturley’s work. ~ Andrea Bell
“Saturley’s paintings not only have a sense of humour, but also reference famous works of art. The artworks found in Canadianisms: A Half Decade Inspired by Canada, create an open dialogue of what it means to be Canadian. They are informed by our iconography, our passion, our humour, our tolerance and kindness.” Brenda Barry Byrne
The series, People of Canada, isn’t your traditional set of portraits. Saturley has asked Canadian “couples” to send her “their best photos of themselves as citizens of Canada.” She makes selections from the submitted selfies and transposes them onto iconic Canadian scenery. Christa Couture CBC Canada2017
Vancouver Island’s ‘Iconic Canuck’ paints portrayal of COVID-19. Artist shifted focus to inner world as pandemic changed Canadian cultural landscape. ~ Nina Grossman
ANDREA BELL is an art historian, critic and writer. Based in New York City.
BRENDA BARRY BYRNE is a Canadian Art Curator. She holds an MFA and BFA.
CHRISTA COUTURE is an award-winning performing and recording artist, non-fiction writer, broadcaster, and cyborg. She is also proudly Indigenous (mixed Cree and Scandinavian), queer, and a mom.
NINA GROSSMAN is a multi-media reporter and journalist.