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


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

May 14, 2013 12:00 AM PREVIEWS

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

Apr 30, 2008 12:00 AM PREVIEWS

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

Aug 31, 2007 12:00 AM PREVIEWS

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

Apr 30, 2007 12:00 AM PREVIEWS 1 Comments

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

Aug 31, 2006 12:00 AM PREVIEWS

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

Apr 30, 2006 12:00 AM PREVIEWS

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

Dec 31, 2005 12:00 AM PREVIEWS

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

Aug 31, 2005 12:00 AM PREVIEWS

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

Apr 30, 2005 12:00 AM PREVIEWS

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

Apr 30, 2005 12:00 AM PREVIEWS

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

Dec 31, 2004 12:00 AM PREVIEWS

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

Aug 31, 2004 12:00 AM PREVIEWS

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

Apr 30, 2004 12:00 AM PREVIEWS

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

Dec 31, 2003 12:00 AM PREVIEWS

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

Aug 31, 2003 12:00 AM PREVIEWS

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

Apr 30, 2003 12:00 AM PREVIEWS

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

Dec 31, 2002 12:00 AM PREVIEWS

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

Aug 31, 2002 12:00 AM PREVIEWS



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