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Brenna George

Code Red Series

Brenna George

April 1 – June 30, 2021

Brenna George

Artist Statement

Lockdown is emotionally tough. Watching the numbers of covid-19 cases fluctuate, hearing of deaths and long-term health effects, wondering if I or my loved ones will catch it, worrying about reduced finances, teaching remotely for me, and learning remotely for my three teens, all built an emotionally intense stew that needed to be filtered through and let out in my art in a humorous thought-provoking voice.

I painted this series of compact emotional oil paintings during the pandemic and Code Red lockdown in Winnipeg during the winter of 2020 – 2021. Motifs of the house as confinement, the fridge has a timepiece, Zoom classes as transportation, and us as squirrely beings emerged. I translated these ideas into pencil sketches, then into oil paintings and posted them on Instagram. I love alive brushwork with thick fresh areas, tiny cared for details and soft smeary strokes.


Brenna George is best known for her thoughtful paintings made from abstracting events in her life. Her work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada and the Surrey Art Gallery. She has mentored for the Foundation Mentorship Program at MAWA, the First Video Fund at Video Pool, the Forum Art Center online, the Rural Arts Mentorship Program at MAN and MAWA, and privately through her website.

Visit Brenna’s website here.



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4 entries.
Janine wrote on May 21, 2021 at 4:26 pm
Some very sneaky work here! I enjoy the seemingly upfront images that are more thoughtful the more I look at them. Interesting mix of whimsical colour, expressive brushwork, and subjects.
dawn wrote on April 21, 2021 at 6:34 pm
the very busy "Bee Zoom Class" was a perfect echo of my pandemic experience down south. Fun!
Kelly klick wrote on April 4, 2021 at 8:47 pm
Fun yet thoughtful. I love the loose brush strokes.
Kelly Murray wrote on March 30, 2021 at 3:29 pm
Great depiction of world events and seclusion.