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Brian Brennan

Brian Brennan

Brian Brennan is a Calgary author, journalist and musician whose profiles of Western Canada's distinguished senior artists often appear in Galleries West. His latest book is an autobiography, Leaving Dublin: Writing My Way from Ireland to Canada.

It was one of the largest public art projects in Canadian history. Between 1942 and 1963, a series of more than 100 silkscreen prints by 54 of the country’s top artists – including members of the Group of Seven and their associates. more

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Calgary artist Bill Rodgers did something unusual in 1992. He went back to works he had made between 1978 and 1989 and began to scrape down and paint over them. more

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With help from swarms of honeybees, veteran Winnipeg artist Aganetha Dyck makes provocative sculpture and mixed-media installations that explore how knowledge is transmitted between humans and other species. more

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Influenced by classic Canadian painters, this BC-based artist brings his own eye to a striking landscape. more

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After quitting his day job to paint full time, this Alberta-based artist could finally go deep into the prairie landscape. more

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Today, as he approaches his ninth decade, Plaskett is still exploring his potential as a painter. more

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At the age of 80, still finding new ways of doing things. more

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E.J. (Edward John) Hughes joined the ranks of Canada’s most sought-after painters in 2004 when a painting he had sold for $150 in 1951 fetched $920,000 — $600,000 above the asking price — at a Toronto auction. more

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A retrospective launching this fall in Victoria will take the “beautifully grand” landscapes of West Coast painter Takao Tanabe across the nation. more

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When Doris McCarthy was a 16-year-old high school graduate in Toronto, Arthur Lismer — a member of the famed Group of Seven — encouraged her to become a “great painter of Canada.” more

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Native artists were largely excluded from Canada’s mainstream art community when Daphne Odjig began exhibiting in the late 1960s. more

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One of the Regina Five and co-founder of the visiting artist workshops at Emma Lake, Kenneth Lochhead connected Regina with the wider art world. more

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A twist on the old saw describes a reality for many painters in Canada: Those who can, do, and those who can also teach. For Norman Yates, 81, that’s been a reality ever since he graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1951. more

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George Mihalcheon, modest to a fault, has always referred to himself as a Sunday painter. more

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The story goes that Gathie Falk once walked into a Vancouver grocery store, looked at a pile of apples neatly arranged in pyramid style, and said to herself, “If I made them, they would be better.” She did and they were. more

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Isn't it romantic? They met at an art gallery, married in Paris, honeymooned in Italy, and then came home to Saskatoon to live and work together as partners in life and in art. more

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Gordon Smith has often described himself as being "one hundred artists deep" - meaning that he has always been open to the influence of others. more

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The popular press has made much of the fact that John Snow established himself as an artist in Western Canada while simultaneously pursuing a successful career in banking. more

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For the past 40 years, the sculptor Katie Ohe has been quietly and tastefully endowing Calgary’s public places, galleries and private collections with dynamic contemporary sculptures. more

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