Merv Brandel (1948 – 2020)

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SOLD ``Sea Sculpture,`` by Merv Brandel 30 x 40 - oil $4580 (thick canvas wrap without frame)
Merv Brandel Archive
previously sold works

Merv Brandel (1948 – Oct 2020): Merv’s journey has come to an end five years after he received a serious cancer diagnosis. Throughout those five years he carried on, undeterred, in his studio and with his life. The universally restorative spirit of his paintings continued to shine through. The one big change after his diagnosis, as recounted by his wife Dawne in his newspaper obituary, was that this motorcycle-loving man finally realized his dream of buying a Harley.

We were fortunate to have seen Merv one last time in the summer of 2020 when he and Dawne visited the gallery just prior to a surgery. He looked remarkably hale, despite his understandable worries about the procedure. This kind person was always a joy to work with over the years and he will be missed. Our sincere condolences to Dawne and family.

 Merv Brandel -portraitMERV BRANDEL was born in Kelowna, British Columbia in 1948. He received formal training in commercial art and operated a business in that field for 11 years, specializing in illustrations for architects and developers. He started painting full-time in 1984. He is active in the arts community and has been featured in several publications, most recently in Arabella Magazine in 2012.

Artist’s Statement:

“My inspiration to paint comes from everything around me and there is no limit to the possibilities. I take time to study the important visual things about the subject such as the direction of light, the colours, the time of year and the power of nature on the subject. I try not to limit myself to a particular subject matter. I travel around the countryside sketching and photographing interesting places and objects and then go back to my studio with all this information and start painting.

”The thing I love most about painting is the process, which includes a constant searching and learning. It’s also the emotional connection between the artist and the viewer that I find most rewarding. I try to depict whatever is presented and observed and use my abilities to make the viewer see what I saw. I want the work to express my ideas, emotions and moods. I learn something new about painting almost every day.”

Group events at White Rock Gallery

– Dec 2019: Winter Small Works
– Dec 2018: The Season of Small
– Dec 2017: Winter Small Works
– Dec 2016: Winter Small Works
– Dec 2015: Winter Small Works
– Dec 2014: Winter Small Works
– Dec 2013: Winter Small Works

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