About Nancy


biography  •  representation  •  artist statement  •  memberships  •   education  •   in the press  •   published works


about the artist

Biography

Nancy Brandsma was born in Montreal, Quebec, in 1975. Since 2003, Nancy has received professional training in a variety of media through the Ottawa School of Art. She has dedicated herself to oil painting after resigning from her administrative position in 2009 to pursue her passion for the visual arts. As an active member of BRAVO (Bureau des Regroupements des Artistes Visuels de l'Ontario) she has participated in various art projects across Ontario including organizing BRAVO-EST participation in Ottawa's first ever Nuit Blanche with the exhibit 'Frenchkiss(er)' in 2012. She currently paints weekly at Alpha Gallery on Tuesdays as well as in her home studio. She has shown her work in several galleries and festivals across Ontario.


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alpha art gallery

Representation: Alpha Art Gallery

Nancy is represented by Alpha Art Gallery which is located in the heart of the nation's capital.

Alpha Gallery's artists page features a sampling of just some of Nancy's works that can be seen/purchased at the gallery.

Located just a few blocks from the National Gallery of Canada in The Byward Market at 531 Sussex Drive, Alpha Art Gallery exhibits masterful creations of Canadian artists as well as internationally renowned painters. What makes this gallery unique is the fact that its owners are more than just noble champions of visual art—Alpha Art Gallery also hosts classical and jazz music concerts, literary salons and book launches promoting and sponsoring Canadian culture.

Alpha Art Gallery
Edith Betkowski, Curator & Director
531 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Contact information

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about the artist

Artist Statement

THE INSPIRATION
The incessantly moving paint strokes are directly from my subconscious mind while the colour is guided by informed choice and intent. I am fascinated by raw human emotions and experience. Every scratch mark around us has a story, although unknown these untold stories fascinate and generate discussion and reflection. It is only when you dig deep into the matter that discoveries are made and the mystery is revealed. I invite the spectator to surrender to the rich landscape and let the game begin.

THE PROCESS & MANNER
It starts the moment I dip my humble fork in the pie of paint. My subconscious takes over my body and is completely engrossed in the process, tuning out everything until the canvas is covered in mad strokes and scratches and my gut says it's done. I sometimes sit in front of the finished product observing and listening to see if any else needs to be said in reply. Each painting is done in one day, while the mood and message is present and unique to that moment. My works have often been compared to Van Gogh for its bold colours and its dramatic whirling textures. To me texture and colour tonality is key, its like a decadent dish that is both pleasing to the eye for its color and texture but also to the senses for its taste and aroma. All must work together to excite the senses. Often the most novel marriage of two simple ingredients can create quite the punch to the senses. My goal is to achieve such a feat.

THE TOOLS
My main medium is oil paint for its colour richness and slow drying time. I have often been told that I should switch to acrylic to simplify my impasto technique, but I am stubborn and determined to continue with oil as did the old masters. I am never afraid of a challenge. My tools are simple as in spatulas and the very humble fork. Over the years, I have experimented with various support and additional medium to supplement the rich texture reminiscent of icing on a cake. I have settled for oil mixed with wax on gallery wood panel. What matters most to me is the dominance of the texture to reflect the seduction of the colour to reveal the as of yet untold story.


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Memberships


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BRAVO-Est

Nancy is a member of the BRAVO-Est (Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l'Ontario) committee that is responsible for the faciliation of art related events and functions designed specifically for French speaking residents of eastern Ontario.You may view her artist profile / démarche artistique (only available in French) on the BRAVO website.

Nancy's BRAVO-Est Profile »

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OSA Member

Nancy has been an active member of the OSA (Ottawa School of Art) since 2003. Not only has she continued her training and education there on an ongoing basis, but she has also assisted as a volunteer teacher's assistant for their spring break art classes.

Ottawa School of Art »

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Artists in Canada

Nancy is a member of Artists in Canada a national directory of Canadian artists and art resources designed to better connect Canadian artists—from urban haunts to rural settings to the most remote places in the north—with the rest of Canada and the world. You may view her artist profile on their website.

Nancy's Artist in Canada Profile »


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Education

Course Institution/School Professor/Teacher When
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2019
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque September, 2018
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2018
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque September, 2017
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2017
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque September, 2016
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2016
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2015
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2013
Artist Educator Foundations Course Royal Conservatory / Ontario Arts Council Karen McClellan / Matthew Romin April, 2011
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2011
Art History - Canadian Art Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2010
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2010
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque September, 2009
Painting: Resource / B Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2009
Real Intro to Painting Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2007
Real Intro to Painting Ottawa School of Art Yves M. Larocque January, 2006
Intro: Lifedrawing Ottawa School of Art Blair Sharpe January, 2004
Intro: Drawing Ottawa School of Art Gail Bourgeois January, 2003
Oil Painting & Acrylics Nepean Visual Arts Centre Barbara Campbell April, 1990

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Published works

With the generous support of BRAVO and the tenacious editing and writing skills of Marion Bordier, Nancy Brandsma has had some of her works, her artistic vision, and her stories put into print.

This catalgoue of works is available through MagCloud.com in both print and digital formats.

Please note: the text is exclusively presented in French as this was a sponsored initiative provided by BRAVO (Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l'Ontario).

View an alternate larger view of the cover of this publication.

Published: 2013
Specs: Standard 8.25" x 10.75" | 28 pages | Perfect-bound
ISBN: 978-0-9864769-7-6

MagCloud

nancy brandsma publication


The exposition "pentadécagone" showcased a digital art exhibition with five Canadian artists paired with five African artists from newcomer communities. Ten visions of five compelling themes.

Nancy worked with Kalula Kalambay (from Kinshasa, République démocratique du Congo). The digital contemporary visual art exhibition was featured on ten LED screens, each showing a video/audio work on five ideas, but promoted by two different cultures—ten distinct works hence the title of the exhibition: "pentadécagone."

The artists went to draw in their own way on their respective traditions and origins in order to allow the public here and abroad to answer five questions that run through the story, and who live like knots of contradictions. Nancy and Kalula's theme was: "The third age: the elderly viewed by Canada and Africa through the theme of abandonment."

With the generous support of BRAVO, Ontario Arts Council, and Canadian Heritage, the presenting artists had their respective works published in an event catalogue.

Please note: the text is exclusively presented in French as this was a sponsored initiative provided by BRAVO (Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l'Ontario).

Published: 2016
Library and Archives Canada
ISBN: 978-0-9734922-0-0


A review, prepared by Nancy Brandsma, of the seminar: "The Arrival of Surrealism in Canada" given by Prof. Yves M. Larocque at the National Art Gallery, March 2010.

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