"Nature is my muse and inspiration simply because of her endless subject matter and surprises. This collaboration offers me something I never even thought of. Although I prefer to paint nature themes, weathered objects and rural settings, I'm open to other things that may catch my eye. As an artist, I feel that I'm just a work in progress, and there is always something to learn. For me, hiking and collecting material for paintings is similar to hunting and gathering. It's always a thrill to wonder what's over that ridge, or around the bend. I like to create a sense of place that is somewhere but nowhere in particular. My goal is not to paint life, but to paint life into my work and create an emotional connection that I hope will inspire my viewers."
Brian's studio is located in his hometown of St.George's, Newfoundland. The island of Newfoundland is Canada's most easterly destination and offers the artist a sanctuary for his work. It has many rugged coastlines,rivers, forests, wildlife, ponds and marshes. It has also been the inspiration for Brian's work for over 30 years. When not in his studio, he can be found hiking, kayaking or making field trips to gather material for his paintings. Collectors feel that he is one of Canada's top realist painters. Many of his works hang in corporate, public and private collections in Canada, United States and Europe.
Brian LaSaga was born in St.Teresa's, Newfoundland in 1955. He moved to St.George's, Newfoundland in 1965. Brian's journey as an artist began when he was very young. He has always been a very visual person and with no formal training, art is more instinctual, full of discovery and experimentation which has continued with him today. Being somewhat of a perfectionist, Brian has always remained faithful to his subjects, and his imagery. Although he has experimented with watercolors, gouache, egg tempera, and oils, the artist soon realized that acrylics suited his style and technique. Today he paints primarily with acrylics on masonite panel, and prefers acrylics because they dry faster, and this allows him to layer rather quickly. His work is greatly influenced by nature, and feels that he is just a student and instrument of nature. Brian's subjects often include rural settings, weathered textures, landscapes, seascapes, and sometimes he may incorporate figures or some form of wildlife into his work as an extension of nature. The artist prefers to paint familiar experiences and subjects indigenous to his area. An area that he feels is raw and sacred. The artist's main interest is in capturing the essence of his chosen subject.
1981 "Small Works" / group / Atlantic Arts Ltd., St.John's, NL
1982 "West Coast Realism" / two man show / Arts and Culture Centre, Stephenville, NL
1983 "Weathered Relics" / solo / The Ewing Gallery, Corner Brook,NL
1984 "Coastlines" / group / The Ewing Gallery,Corner Brook,NL
1986 "Images Of A Realist" / solo / The Duke Of Argyle Gallery, Halifax, NS
1988 "Days Of Yore" / group / The Duke Of Argyle Gallery, Halifax, NS
1995 "Eastern Images" / solo / Gallery On The Lake, Buckhorn, ON
1997 "Realism At It's Finest" / solo / The Sheraton Inn, Fredericton, NB
2005 Public Showing / solo / Kennebecasis Valley Public Library, Saint John, NB
2005 "Catching The Eye" / solo / Imperial Theatre, Saint John, NB
2007 Toronto Art Expo / Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON
2009 "Constant Observer" / two man show / Christina Parker Gallery, St.John's, NL
2009 Toronto International Art Fair / group / represented by Christina Parker Gallery
2009 "From The Studio III " / group / Christina Parker Gallery, St.John's, NL
2010 "The Works" / group / Christina Parker Gallery, St.John's, NL
PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
Central Trust Tower,Halifax,NS
Fur Dressers and Dyers,Toronto,ON
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada,Ottawa,ON
United Nations,New York,U.S.A.
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador,St.John's
Confederation Art Centre and Museum,Charlottetown,P.E.I.
J.R.Smallwood Federal Building,Corner Brook,NL
Fox Harb'r Resort,Tatamagouche,NS / Mr.Ron Joyce
Jetport Investments,Burlington,ON / Mr.Ron Joyce
Brinkston Investments,Grand Bay,NB
Home Depot,Toronto,On / Annette Verschuren
Bird Packaging Ltd.,Guelph,ON
Plus many private collections in Canada,United States and Europe.
CURRENT GALLERY REPRESENTATION
The Christina Parker Gallery,St.John's,NL
Peter Buckland Gallery,Saint John,NB
The Ewing Gallery,Corner Brook,NL
- Member for
- 2 years 18 weeks