Williams Sonoma Home is a beautiful store with two physical locations in the US, as well as a fabulous online presence. And I am very fortunate to have my work offered there regularly for a number of years now.
Over the years I've developed beautiful relationships withe clients and designers worldwide who help me keep an eye out for my work. Kristin Try with Gingham and Grosgain, an artist and interior designer, and a proud owner of Katie Brennan original was the sharp eyes that brought this work to my attention.
On afternoon I go DM on Instagram from the lovely folks at Jenn Feldman Designs suggesting that I should go and get a copy of the latest issue of Better Homes & Gardens -- "Get the May Issue of Better Homes & Gardens!! I think you'll be happy" they said.
Every so often I leaf through the latest magazines. In February I was so pleased when I flipped through the pages of the March issue of House and Home to see my piece featured as part of an article they were running on how to frame art - a topic I deal with regularly.
At the beginning of September I had the pleasure of digging out some work for exhibition that had not been seen since its last showing at Headbones Gallery.
I had been invited by two friends and fellow artists to exhibit my work in a new studio that they had created in Armstrong, BC. Curriebird Studios is an artist-run ART + YOGA Studio created by art and spirit maven Cate Currie, along gal pal and Pussy Posse leader Kate Fagervik. Its a space that celebrates art, yoga, spirit and the feminine in equal measures.
At last I can share one my latest commissions with you. Last weekend, the display home of Central Green, the Mission Group's new masterplanned development in downtown Kelowna, opened up to the public. And I'm very happy to say, that my work, the triptych pictured above, is front and centre.
// When it comes to the artist life, Katie Brennan embraces and embodies every aspect. From curating, to consulting, to honing her own practice, she is a well-known, active member in the artist community and we are so excited to have her as a part of our collective. Her abstract painting is bold, dynamic and a must see up close. When I visited Brennan’s studio it was important for me to understand where it all starts for her.
So pleased and excited to be a part of this small group show this weekend in Kelowna.
Gather – a small group show of quality local design and goods, will be open Friday, December 4th from 5 - 9 and Saturday December 5th from 11am - 4pm. The Friday night reveal event will feature food, drink and music. Saturday is an open house showcase. Entry to both events is free. Cash, credit, PayPal and email transfer are all available payment options. No debit is accepted. To RSVP check out “Gather - a small group show” on Facebook.
Recently my Dad asked me if I had any pictures of my MFA thesis project - titled "Making Visible" which I completed in 2009. My first thought was "is it up on the website?", which, once I checked, I realized that is wasn't. It was so nice to be reminded of this work, as it is has had a huge impact on my practice as a whole.
So I went digging. I share my findings and walk down memory lane with you here.
For the months of June, July and August I worked alongside a group of fabulous artists at UBC Okanagan's inaugural artist in residence program. As part of this residency, we also exhibited our work at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.
This weekend I'm doing something a bit different than usual. I've been asked by Stavros Angelatos of VARATTI Studios to create a projection installation for Center of Gravity, a music festival that runs in Kelowna July 24, 25 & 26.
For the last 6 weeks I've had the great pleasure of calling one of the visual art studios at UBC Okanagan home. This spacious, penthouse-like studio has allowed me the time and space to work on a large commission I'm currently in the midst of, as well as a ton of other ideas and tangents simultaneously.
I first posted the image below in mid April. It is of some small gouache works on archival illustration board that I was reworking from a previous body of work. Soon after someone commented asking if these works were for sale. This gave me pause, as I need to document my work before I send it out. Thankfully, the wait wasn't a problem.
I had the great pleasure of being an artist in residence at the Caetani Cultural Centre in Vernon, BC. Although I have a studio in my home, I needed something a bit bigger in May.
It was a great way to work through a bunch of ideas and bodies of work quickly and simultaneously. As you can see below, I like to hang everything I'm working on. This allows me to be working on something else but still have things in my periphery making it much easier to bounce from piece to piece, series to series.
Recently I was in New York, which is the location of one of the two physical locations Williams Sonoma Home has in the United States. I visited the store to see my work there, but also to visit a Williams Sonoma Home location for the first time.
When I first got there, I couldn't find my work anywhere...
Great News! I just learned that work from my Bow River Suite is now available at Pottery Barn
They have taken a number of the pieces from my Bow River Suite work. This grouping of 32 panels was created while I was doing a residency at the Banff Centre in the summer of 2011. Originally I went to Banff to continue my Clouds and Other Sky Phenomenon body of work. However, I couldn't ignore the natural beauty of Banff and soon, I was making paintings all about the beautiful Bow River that runs through town.
Right now I've got work up in Kelowna, BC, in 2 locations.
The first is the Lululemon store window in downtown Kelowna on Bernard Ave. This is a great program that Lululemon Kelowna is running where they use a portion of their storefront window space to hang the work of local artists.
So I was having a nice night in, watching ABC's drama Forever - a show about a medical examiner who cannot die. As they get to a scene set on a boat in the course of their investigation, my eyes are struck by the paintings in the background.
A piece of mine (the painting behind the couch) has been selected by Crate & Barrel for their Spring 2012 line -
"Canadian artist Katie Brennan's abstract oil is a meditation on the subtle color and serene beauty of northern British Columbia. Three overlapping freeform ovals in restful grays and blues trace wide loops across a cream background in a print full of nuanced movement and mesmerizing interplay of positive and negative space. A thick jelutong wood frame finished in matte espresso complements giclée print of the original."
This past summer (2011) I had the privilege of participating in a self-directed residency at the Banff Centre. I was there for 7 weeks and had a wonderful time - made some new work and met lots of fabulous people. Here's some snapshots of my time there, including a group show titled "Conjure the Ghost" we put together in the Other Gallery. (in the previous post)