was born in Edmonton (CA) in 1976. She is Cree from Sawridge First Nation, Treaty 8, with a strong connection to Slave Lake. Draney’s work is collected and shown across Canada including the National Gallery of Canada, the Embassy of Canada Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Sobey Collection and the Shorefast Foundation. She won both the 2009 RBC Painting Competition and 2014’s Eldon & Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize, and was short-listed for the 2016 Sobey Art Award at the National Gallery of Canada. Draney’s work visually represents the moment when vulnerability is exposed, while encouraging the viewer to reject the notion to dominate the void where horror, poignancy or powerful moments exist. Draney encourages her viewer to face this void head on, but as an empath. She provides enough tools for the viewer to place their own narrative within her typical imaginary spaces.
, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg (CA). 2019 Smelling Salts
, Fogo Island Arts, Fogo Island (CA). Medium of Exchange
, Touchstones Nelson – Museum of Art and History, Nelson (CA).
Group exhibitions (recent)
2019/20 Tell me about yesterday tomorrow
, NS-Dokumentationszentrum München, Munich (DE). Carry Forward
, Walter Phillips Gallery, Ban (CA). 2018 Current Terrain
, A Space Gallery, Toronto (CA). This Must Be the Place
, MKG127, Toronto. Land Mark
, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton. An Assembly of Shapes
, Oakville Galleries, Oakville (CA). 13 Ways to Summon Ghosts
, Gordon Smith Gallery, Vancouver (CA). Belonging to a Place
, Embassy of Canada Art Gallery, Washington, D.C. 2017 Carry Forward
, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener (CA). Belonging to a Place
, Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto. Maps and Dreams
, Audain Gallery, Vancouver.
Brenda Draney: Carry Forward
, Walter Phillips Gallery, Ban Centre, Ban 2019.
Kimberly Phillips: 13 Ways to Summon Ghosts
, exh. cat., the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation, May 2018.
Brenda Draney: Dr. Phil.
, in: Inuit Art Quarterly, 31.4, Winter 2018.
Portrait photo: Conor McNally