A Visual Storyteller – Canadian Artist Brandy Saturley

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Canadian 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.

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

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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 MagazineCanadian 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

Critical Comments

“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

ANDREA BELL is an art historian, critic and writer. Based in New York City.

BRENDA BARRY BYRNE is a Curator. She holds an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan and BFA from the University of Alberta/University of Saskatchewan.

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. She can be heard as a frequent contributor to CBC Radio on Now or Never and The Next Chapter, as an arts administrator and advocate