Brenda Draney

The work of Brenda Draney (b. 1976, member of Sawridge First Nation, Treaty 8; lives/works: Edmonton) proposes painting as a reciprocal relationship between a viewer and artwork. Dreamlike, her paintings present a tension between representational specificity and the space of unpainted canvas. Often rendered with the most minimal of means through deft composition and confident gesture, she provides enough marks for the viewer to simultaneously hold the artist’s stories alongside their own memories or imagined narratives. She often begins from her own subjective personal history—through memory, photographs, and anecdote, and includes those that are not always her own, but those that have been told, passed on or inferred. These compositions form fragmented descriptive elements, often with human figures, creating multiple potential translations. ­Rather than simply represent what has been seen, she renders that which is left unsaid or what is unable to be articulated.

Forthcoming solo exhibtions include The Power Plant, Toronto (2023) and The Arts Club of Chicago (2023). Draney has previously exhibited at Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2022); McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Canada (2020); NS Dokumentationszentrum, Münich (2019); Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff (2019); Fogo Island Arts, Canada (2019); Oakville Galleries, Canada (2018); Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery, Canada (2017); Audain Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver (2017); National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2016); The Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2015); Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon (2013). She received her Master of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2010), and her BFA from the University of Alberta (2006). In 2014, Draney was the recipient of the Eldon and Anne Foote Visual Arts Prize, Edmonton and was winner of the 2009 RBC Painting Competition.