JoEllen Brydon is a Canadian artist, born in the late fifties in Toronto, Ontario. Her family emigrated from Tyrone in the early 1920’s. Brydon is a self taught artist who has regularly been exhibiting her paintings since 1985.
Brydon says of her work “My work is based on history and stories. For a number of years I have created paintings based on day to day anecdotes and incidents. I draw my material from true stories that are passed from teller to teller in families and communities in Ireland, where my family originated and in my native Canada. I pay special attention in my work to the telling of the tale. My objective is to recapture lost histories and preserve the stories that weave the fabric of a culture.”
This award winning international artist produces wonderfully coloured paintings of people and places. Subjects include finely crafted landscapes with ever rolling hills, people in conversation or daily routines and children playing hopscotch, skipping or games on frozen ponds. Another popular theme depicts interiors of shops and homes which often have a window view of one of Brydon’s trademark landscapes. All of Brydon’s paintings are full of bursts of colour and their great variety of people and places appeal to many viewers.
In a recent solo exhibition all of JoEllen Brydon’s works sold – a demand that has maintained since JoEllen joined the gallery just over seven years ago.