30/150: Brandy Saturley – Canadian Symbols

What could be more appropriate for Canada Day than the symbolic art of realist Brandy Saturley, whose works explore the Canadian consciousness.

For five years in the lead-up to Canada’s 150th anniversary on July 1, 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. (Top of post: Under a Borealis Sky)

Saturley is also the force behind the heralded People of Canada portrait project. It’s a crowdsourcing initiative that calls on couples to take selfies, which Saturley turns into acrylic paintings. (Above: Not for Sale)

Let your backbone Rise – Contemplating those Lawren Harris Rocky Mountains

Saturley started out focused on traditional national symbols (the hockey mask, the beaver, a Tim Horton’s coffee cup and maple syrup) but soon moved into broader settings. She was inspired by people sitting on docks, exploring the wilderness, or guiding sled dogs in the north.

Saturley, born in Victoria, B.C., is a prolific painter, travelling photographer, and multiple award-winning artist.  “I don’t paint landscapes, portraits or still-life,” she says in her artist statement. “Rather I am telling stories using iconic figures, landscapes, and compositions. I am an explorer, and I am currently exploring the Canadian consciousness.”

Brandy Saturley’s website, here.

On Instagram (@icconiccanuk) here.

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  1. icelandpenny

    Though their styles are very different, her work makes me remember Doug Coupland’s “Secret Handshake” exhibit in Toronto a year or two ago… Also icons, alluded to; things only Canadians would be able to ‘read’ below the surface level.

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