Brian Scott, Garry Kaye, Bly Kaye, and Richard Brodeur
November 17 – December 31
About Brian Scott
Canadian artist Brian Scott is an original oil painter whose name is inextricably linked to colour – wild and wonderful mixes of fanciful, fun and exciting hues that bring the west coast fishing boats, architecture and tumble-down buildings of our beloved coastal British Columbia into a new perspective. Whether you make your home here on Vancouver Island or are a visitor to Canada the fine art originals of Brian Scott will evoke wonderful memories!
Expressionist oil paintings produced on location are this BC artist’s main passion. His emphasis on design and composition, combined with a full spectrum of colour, has become the trademark of his paintings. Brian Scott focuses international attention on Canadian art; his original oil paintings have sold internationally in the U.K., Hong Kong, Germany, Holland, Norway, Switzerland, Australia and the U.S.and in his well-established market here on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
You can view and purchase Brian Scott’s original art, fine art prints, greeting cards, Brian’s books – collections of painting and accompanying stories – and whimsical papier mache sculptures based on his painting. Visit his art gallery studio in Black Creek in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, open most days. Watch for the colourful signs on scenic Hwy. 19A.
Garry was born, third generation, to a large family on Saltspring Island. Vast amounts of time spent on the then less populated island, the many years of farming and simply the years spent living there, have shaped his development of a different sensibility regarding landscape and beauty. His works twists the often overlooked mass of impenetrable underbrush to focus on the intricate detail yet subtle beauty the island has revealed to him.
Since graduating from the Vancouver School of Art where he studied drawing, painting and (mainly) sculpture he has visited and revisited the island landscape as a source of his art making. Garry has come to favour painting as his means of expression.
Bly was born in Montreal to a family of artists who painted the countryside of Quebec. At the age of 13, she carried the love of landscape, influenced by these painting expeditions, out west when the family moved to the Okanagan Valley and she became steeped in the pastel shades and soft round hills surrounding her orchard home.
Her move to Salt Spring Island after graduating from the Vancouver School of Art in 1964 with husband, fellow artist Garry Kaye, introduced her to another kind of landscape which, along with the horizontal lines and infinite spaces of prairie landscapes, has influenced her work ever since.
In the early 90’s Bly became interested in paper collage which has become her main medium of expression.
She is currently immersed in an exploration of the effects of layering handpainted archival tissue papers fairly painstakingly onto canvas to form landscape images.
Her work has been shown in various galleries here on Salt Spring, in the Kootenay Gallery of Art, and is in collections in different parts of North America. Her work is represented by Steffich Fine Art on Salt Spring Island.
Richard Brodeur is a former NHL goalie who played seven seasons in a Canuck uniform. He earned his spot in Canucks’ lore in 1982, when he backstopped the team to its first Stanley Cup final performance and was given the moniker King Richard.
The native of Longueuil, Quebec retired from hockey in 1987. According to Vancouver hockey fans, Brodeur is one of the Top Ten Canucks in the club’s 40-year history.
Richard Brodeur, the artist, utilizes oils, acrylics, and watercolours to create abstract paintings as well as images of ‘Canadiana’– fishing villages in Haida Gwaii, lakes and orchards of the Okanagan, and ports and coves of Nova Scotia.
His most popular series is a collection of paintings titled ‘My Childhood Hockey Memories” – depictions of youngsters playing hockey on frozen outdoor ponds.
As an NHLer, Brodeur understood that his on-ice brethren would likely mock his artistic endeavours. Somehow, the macho locker room culture didn’t quite gel with the fine arts.
“Painting has always been a passion of mine,” says Brodeur. “When I was playing with the Canucks I was painting at home and brought a sketch pad with me on the road. But it’s not something I mentioned to my teammates. You’re always considered a flake as a goalie anyways, and then if you walk in the locker room and tell them you’re an artist they are going to laugh.”
Now Brodeur paints four to eight hours a day.
“I have had two passions in my life,” he says. “One was playing hockey and the other one was my art. And I’m a lucky guy because I have been able to do both.”
King Richard’s passion for art is no longer a secret. And this time no one is laughing.