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Lot 33   
Brenda Draney

watercolour on Arches 356 GSM
18" x 22.5" framed
Estimate $3,000

Courtesy of the artist

Framing by Superframe is available for this lot at a sponsorship discount of 35%

Brenda Draney provides a glimpse into the human experiences of memory retention, preparedness, isolation, sexuality, dominance and trauma. Draney’s work has been described as “the absence of presence” because much of her canvas is left blank. Draney examines structures that are in some ways protective, but in other ways vulnerable. Her paintings honour the absence that spans the unknown or unspoken, whilst respecting spaces of vulnerability; she does not attempt to dominate these spaces but provides enough tools for viewers to place their own narrative. Draney is Cree from the Sawridge First Nation, Treaty 8, with a strong connection to Slave Lake. Draney’s work is shown and collected internationally including at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa); NS-Dokumentationszentrum München; the Embassy of Canada Art Gallery (Washington); the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton); Gordon Smith Gallery (Vancouver); Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff); and the Shorefast Foundation (Joe Batt’s Arm). She won both the 2009 RBC Painting Competition and 2014’s Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize and was shortlisted for the 2016 Sobey Art Award at the National Gallery of Canada.