Brandan Doty was born in St Thomas, Ontario in 1980: holds a BFA in Painting from the Alberta College of Art + Design (2005), now known as the Alberta University of the Arts, and an MFA from the University of Guelph (2015). He lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. Brandan Doty’s paintings are recognized by their pronounced line-work and their dry-brush application. With imagery that is culled from observational drawings and memory, Doty uses comedy and animism to tackle embarrassment and violence in the interest of staging a controlled demolition of his own personal and cultural totems.
Recent solo exhibitions of note include: What’s The Best Dog You Ever Had? New Edward Gallery, Calgary (2019); and Big Pain of Glass, Crawley Theatre, Marfa, Texas (2018). Selected group exhibitions include: Controlled Burn, Mini Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas (2017); Auto Feeling, Katzman Contemporary, Toronto (2015); and No Prressurrre, curated by Patrick Cruz, Capacity 3, Guelph, Ontario.
In 2004 Doty received the Ellen Battell Stoekel Fellowship from Yale University. In 2017, he was chosen Artist-in-Residence for the Underground Comedy Club in Toronto; in 2018 he began the publishing house The National Gallery of Saskatchewan Press, and that same year he was awarded the Little Mt. Rios Residency of West Texas, in Marfa.