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The Portfolio of Plein Air Painter Brian Buckrell

A painting of a body of water with reeds in the foregroundWeekend at the Cottage, acrylic

Brian Buckrell is a Canadian plein air painter based in both BC and Ontario. The artist’s award-winning paintings portray stunning landscapes from across Canada, with more recent works taking a slightly abstracted, impressionistic approach to the subject matter. 

A painting of a rocky shorelineAround the Point, acrylic


Brian’s works are wonderfully colourful, with the artist employing a deeply saturated, jewel-toned palette to depict rocky and forested landscapes as well as bodies of water.Stone outcroppings are rendered in shades of electric blue, while bright reds, yellows, and oranges stand next to deep greens for autumnal foliage. Somehow the paintings feel like real life, despite being imbued with colours so impossibly bright and clear that the viewer is simultaneously aware of the artifice. 

The front page of Brian Buckrell's art portfolio


Some of Brian’s recent works are painted with a palette knife rather than a traditional brush, and these hard edges and clearly delineated marks lend a contemporary sense of movement and geometry to each scene.

A painting of a country road in the sunshine7 AM to Toronto, acrylic

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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