Artist member since 2018
David Brandy is an award-winning contemporary fine art photography artist. 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.
Brandy’s work has been sort-listed for the 2021 Aesthetica Art Prize with two images on display in May at the York Art Gallery, UK. He has received the Juror’s Choice Award from RMG Exposed 2019 fine art photography auction. He also won 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 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 Canada.
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!
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