Blair Brennan (b. 1959, Edmonton, Alberta) received a B.F.A. from the University of Alberta in 1981. His sculpture, installation work, photographs/photo-based works, drawings, book works and other works on paper have been exhibited nationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions. His work was featured in both the 1996 and the 1998/99 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art (exhibited in Edmonton and Calgary) and in recent thematic group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Calgary (Made in Alberta, 2013), Southern Alberta Art Gallery Lethbridge (2012), Art Gallery of Regina (Graphic Visions, 2008); Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver (Too Many Words, 2007); Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton (New Alchemists: Catherine Burgess and Blair Brennan, 2007) and Cambridge Art Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario (Wordsmiths, 2006). Brennan’s work is represented in numerous private and public collections including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), the Glenbow Museum (Calgary), the University of Alberta (Edmonton) and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Artistic collaboration and writing are important facets of Brennan’s practice. Early in his career Brennan worked with the Edmonton-based nationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer Brian Webb to develop a series of highly ritualistic collaborative performance/ installations performed and exhibited in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. Brennan has recently teamed with Brian Webb, Sean Caulfield, Roy Mills, and Montreal choreographer Isabelle Van Grimde on a performative environment premiered at Galerie UQAM May 2012. Brennan has contributed writing to various Canadian arts and cultural publications (Artichoke, Border Crossings, C — International Contemporary Art, Cameo, RACAR and Mix) and was recently invited to contribute a piece to Visible Language (vol. 42.1), a journal published by the Rhode Island School of Design. Brennan lives and works in Edmonton where he is involved with various art galleries and the local arts community as a teacher, writer and agitator. He has held numerous board, committee, volunteer and paid staff positions and is currently Executive Director of the University of Alberta’s FAB Gallery.