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.


There are 11 comments

  1. Arti Chaudhary

    Sculpture on Pencil…
    Sculpture is the branch of visual arts that works in three dimensions. Solid sculptural procedures initially utilized cutting (the evacuation of material) and demonstrating (the expansion of material, as earth), in stone, metal, earthenware production, wood and different materials at the same time, since Modernism, there has been a relatively entire opportunity of materials and process. A wide variety of materials may be worked by removal such as carving, assembled by welding or modelling, or molded or cast.
    Micro art which is also known as miniature art or painting in little is a classification that spotlights on art (especially painting, engraving and sculpture) with a long history that goes back to the copyists of the medieval ages.
    Well known sculptors in the field of micro art are:-
    • Jonty Hurwitz (UK, South Africa) – Sculpture invisible to the human eye
    • Anya Stone (UK)
    • Daniel Dorall (Australia)
    • Kerri Pajutee (US)
    • George Erik (UK) Sculpture of toy soldiers during the years 1950-1980, he worked for several companies like John Hill & Company (Hilco), Marx, Britains, Reamsa and Timpo.
    • Dmitry D. Emelyanov (Russia) – Sculpture of various materials

    Let’s have a look on some of the best and funny micro sculptures on pencil.
    Video credits:-
    Everything Funny
    (YouTube channel)


  2. Canadian Art Junkie Feature – 150 Canadian Artists | The Art of Brandy Saturley

    […] A favourite Canadian Art Blog, ‘Canadian Art Junkie’ has been shining a light on Canadian Artists this year, and I am happy to be included in this iconic list of creators. With their 150 Canadian Artists for Canada150 features, they are bringing light to a diverse group of prolific artists in the Great White North. “For five years 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.” – read the full article here. […]


  3. 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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