This companion is very quiet and undemanding. After his hibernation, I imagine him just reaching for the sun and its warmth.
Paul Brandejs was born in the Czech Republic, immigrating to Canada as a child. He studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts, where he was granted several scholarships that enabled him to study with Ilda Lubane. Lubane had a profound impact on Brandejs’ work.
After studying Fine Art at the Ontario College of Art, he spent a year in Florence, studying under Canadian figurative artist Tom LaPierre.
Paul is based in Toronto and is a member of the Artists’ Network and Gallery 1313. He sits on the board of Artist’s Network. His work in included in private collections in Canada, U.S.A., France and Czech Republic.
Postmodern art has a fixation on absolute contrasts; photography and painting, abstract and representation, and conceptual and practical. My study is a dismantling of these conventional categories through the integration of elements found within sculpture, painting, and photography.
The sculpted canvases are handmade and unique to each artwork. The structural forms fragment the frame and instill movement, disrupting the conventional geometric configuration of wall-mounted artwork.
Each piece is a deconstruction of the surrounding environment, as the structural form of the canvas abstracts the natural lines within. My investigation into the tradition of Canadian art, the unadulterated beauty of the physical world, and resonating passing memory, results in an attempt to communicate the grandeur and fragility of nature.
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If you are in nature, this crane is our companion. Sometimes seen majestically soaring across the river or just sitting patiently in hiding waiting for a meal. Hiding in Plain Sight is another piece in my Companion Series.
Inspired by our pet’s mischievous nature of walking on my unfinished canvases. I attempted to recreate the paw prints in a controlled manner through repeated experimentation and bribery (cat treats). The impressions left on this canvas reflect the impressions our companions leave with us.
A portrait of the fluffiest cat I have ever met. Born under our front porch to a stray mother we were unfortunately unable to save —we named her Bonnie. Her stoic personality radiates through this piece.