David Brandy

Artist member since 2018
Toronto, ON

David Brandy is an award-winning contemporary fine art photographer. He began his creative career with a BA in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University. His practice has evolved from radio copywriter, to Founder and Creative Director of a communication and live events agency, to photographic storyteller.

Brandy's artistic mantra is, "Beauty can be strange. The strange can be beautiful." The essence of his art is in finding and making what at first glance may seem to be the ordinary, and then encouraging it to bring out its strangeness, and then bending that again to find its true beauty. His eye seems to focus on persuading beautiful things to reveal their “strange”. And his sense of joy delights in the fact that it may take a moment or two for his images to reveal themselves to you.

His passion as an artist is to present man-altered landscapes with the uncanny – the psychological experience of something strangely familiar. His ongoing series, "Newer Topographics", emphasizes the strong sense of isolation humankind feels due to the juxtaposition of natural landscapes with solitary manmade constructs.

Brandy’s photography was sort-listed for the 2021 Aesthetica Art Prize with two images on display at the York Art Gallery, UK. He received an Emerging Artists by Emerging Curator Award at the 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair. His art sold over-asking in the Curatorial Collection at SNAP 2019 - Toronto’s premier fine art photography auction. He was a short-listed finalist in both the Quest Art 2018 National Art Prize, and the 2017 Salt Spring National Art Prize.

Brandy’s art hangs in his collectors’ residences and in commercial space across North America.


Inside the Studio


Best season of the year in Toronto

Fall - best light of the entire year

Favourite musical artist / band right now

Arkells / Bobby Bazini / London Grammar

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...


Who do you consider a genius?

Emily Carr / Man Ray / Dorthea Lange / The Bechers

When did you start making art, and why?

I was an agency Creative Director for 15 years. When that ended I needed a new creative outlet. Photography was it. I bought a Nikon DSLR and haven't looked back!

Favourite book

Illusions by Richard Bach

Upcoming Exhibitions

Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto
Fresh Voices 2021

Select Past Exhibitions

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 60th Edition


York Art Gallery, UK
2021 Aesthetica Art Prize


Orillia Museum of Art & History
Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition


Propeller Art Gallery
Scenic Route: Emerging Perspectives


Propeller Art Gallery
Altered Images: Reality Vanishing In Plain Sight


Nathan Phillips Square
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair


Nathan Phillips Square
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair


Quest Art Gallery, Midland, ON
Quest Art National Art Prize Exhbition


Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Island BC
Salt Spring National Art Prize Exhibition


Aesthetica Art Prize
Short-listed Finalist


Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Emerging Artists by Emerging Curator Award


RMG Exposed
Juror's Choice


TD Wealth | Thor Wealth Management National Art Prize


Salt Spring National Art Prize


Aesthetica Magazine
Aesthetica Art Prize Short-listed Artists


Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review
Feature Artist for July 2020


PhotoED Magazine
The Readers Gallery p.43


Various stories published


Ryerson University
Radio & Television Arts

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