Brandon Steen, Contemporary Realism Painter
Brandon Steen is a heartfelt and passionate Torontonian. Raised in the city with pencils in hand as early as he remembers, taking the 504 streetcar to his very first art classes on King Street East in the heart of the old town.
The English Bull Terrier walked into his life on the same street being King Street East at Sherbourne Street, from then on Brandon has been walking together with his beloved bull terriers throughout the streets of Toronto.
Brandon is fuelled by history and paints the soul of the old buildings of Toronto, his painting have an energy. He has a connection to the energy within these old buildings that speaks to him. What it tells him comes out in his paintings as he holds a mirror up to this great Canadian city. A Brandon Steen painting brings the story to real life, to be observed, thought about and discussed on throughout time as Toronto ages in time and space.
Brandon paints out of his music filled studio in old Leaside with his bull terriers Fionny and Dolores by his side. His home studio allows him to care for his artist wife Jane Holden who lives with disability and chronic illnesses.
Brandon is an international award-winning artist and his art has shown on three continents, four countries and 19 cities. Presently, his art hangs in private collections in homes around the globe, from America, Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Finland, Germany, Holland, Israel, Mexico and South Africa.
Brandon is Irish Canadian, once paddled all 426 kilometres of the Missinaibi River and 982 kilometres of the Albany River when he was 14 years old following the old fur trader canoe routes of the 19th Century. An English Bull Terrier is always present at Brandon's feet in his studio. There have been 7 in his life and presently there are two terriers in his studio snoring and passing wind Dolores and Fionn. Brandon filled out admission forms on three separate accounts to noted cooking schools in Canada, it's safe to say he loves cooking food and now cooks for his family. Chet Baker can always be found filling his studio because Brandon is a huge fan of the man and his music. He has been madly in love with his Janie for the past 29 years. His favourite colour is orange. His favourite tree is the birch. His favourite bird is Agelaius phoeniceus, the red-wing blackbird. Brandon is a long time Detroit Tigers fan and he longs for his Toronto Maple Leafs to win the Stanley Cup every year. The latter leaves him in a state of constant frustration over the futility of that longing.