Stanley Brunst - On Stanley Brunst

Stanley Brunst again was part of the group of artists associated with the prospectors, and with Ernie Lindner – the group of artists working in the 40s and 50s.  Stanley had no formal art training.  He worked at Rose’s Dry Cleaners.  He was a self-taught artist mainly by looking at images in art magazines and through his discussions with the other group of artists he associated with.  Stanley Brunst is quite possibly the first artist to produce a truly abstract painting in the prairies.  Maybe earlier than say Fitzgerald who was one of the Group of Seven in Winnipeg.  Stanley had an extraordinarily individualistic style that was based to a certain degree on on what he saw in the magazines, I think – Futurism, Cubism.  And he developed this into a kind of quasi-abstract style that still had connections to where he worked.  There’s a lot of industrial images in his work based on the machinery in the dry cleaning plant, and street scenes of Saskatoon and some landscapes.  He was an extraordinarily prolific artist and we had a solo exhibition of his work.  But he’s really an interesting artist.  He was kind of cut out of the mainstream to a certain degree because of his economic circumstances.  There is one interesting story about Stanley and his wife.  His wife didn’t have a lot of sympathy for his artwork and thought that he was kind of wasting his time.  And he would work on it constantly, in the backroom when he was at lunch in the dry cleaning plant and at home whenever he had a minute.  But whenever company came over she would make him take all his stuff off the table and hide it because she was embarrassed by it, because perhaps she didn’t understand it or…So Stanley had to work in somewhat adverse circumstances, both at home and at work.  But that’s the admirable thing about him.

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Canadian Heritage University of Regina Mackenzie Art Gallery Mendel Art Gallery Sask Learning