...it all begins with a sketch...
For over forty-five years, Canadian artist Brenda Malkinson has focused on working with coloured glass and vitrified glass stains and enamels creating contemporary architectural commissions that enrich and illuminate public and private spaces with colour, shapes, textures and meaning. Her studio practise and exhibitions incorporate woodblock printmaking and watercolour painting. Malkinson is a recipient of 2013 Edmonton Artists Trust Fund Award, 2018 ACAD Alumni Legacy Award, 2019 Eldon & Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize, shortlist award.
My work is informed by my training in graphic arts, and a lifelong fascination with light and colour. I opened my first art studio in 1977 and began experimenting with glass as a medium. One of my earliest projects was a large stained-glass window for a local architect. Since that time I have designed and created over seventy public and private glass commissions including St. Josephs College, University of Alberta; St. Francis Xavier High School, Edmonton Catholic Schools; Fairview College; All Saints Anglican Cathedral; Stanton Yellowknife Hospital; High Level Airport; Alberta Travel Information Centres; Knox Metropolitan United Church; Lois Hole Hospital for Women and more. In 2005 my work was chosen to create a glass sculpture to celebrate Alberta’s Centennial for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. In 2011 I was awarded a major glass commission for the C.K Hui Heart Centre, Robbins Pavillion, Lois Hole Hospital for Women.
In 1978 Hart Massey and John Flanders visited my studio and selected one of my glass works to be included in the Massey Foundation Collection, Museum of Man and published in The Craftsman’s Way, Canadian Expressions,1981. Subsequently my work has been selected for numerous public and private collections including the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, Stanley Milner Public Library, University of Alberta, Cross Cancer Institute as well as published in Stained Glass Quarterly, Kunst und Kirshe, Arts West, The Fine Art of Alberta Craft, Contemporary Canadian Stained Glass and many periodicals and magazines. Print works have been acquired by collectors and selected for exhibition at Christie’s, New York; Pulp, Paper, Pages, South Korea; Chicago Printmakers Collective, print making award shortlist; Stewart Hall, Quebec; Alberta Foundation for the Arts traveling exhibition, TREX; International Print Exhibition, Canada/Japan, Kyoto, Japan.
My recent solo exhibition, The Surface of Things, Chasing Light, was comprised of twenty three unique woodblock prints and three glass sculptures. The exhitibion was shown at the Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton and Calgary and Bluerock Gallery. Nine of these prints have been selected for the art collection of Advantage Oil and Gas in Calgary.
I have been an arts instructor for the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension for twenty-three years, Series instructor for fifteen years along with numerous workshops and courses throughout Canada. I have served on the Board of Directors for the Alberta Craft Council and Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists and volunteered my knowledge and time to schools and not for profit organizations, as well as organizing local glass exhibitions and events. I have been a guest speaker and juror for numerous arts organizations and mentor to emerging and established artists. I am a member of the Alberta Craft Council, Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists, Alberta Printmakers, Visual Arts Alberta Association, CARFAC, Glass Art Association of Canada, Glass Art Society of America.