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STANLEY E. BRUNST. Untitled (houses in winter), 1937. Mendel Art Gallery. Gift of Ernest F. Lindner

STANISLAW ERNST BRUNST, b. 1894, Birmingham, England, d. 1962, Vancouver, British Columbia. Brunst migrated to Saskatchewan in 1912, but had no formal training in art until the early '30s, when he took night classes from Augustus Kenderdine. Thereafter he was closely associated with the artistic community in Saskatoon, especially Ernest Lindner, Wynona Mulcaster, and Robert Hurley. Despite his dependence and isolation (he worked as a janitor for a local dry cleaner and furrier) his artistic horizons were broader than many of his contemporaries. By the mid-30s he was consciously "abstracting" from nature using cubist simplifications and enhanced colour producing a kind of pictorial Art Deco. His work was largely confined to watercolour, perhaps through economic necessity.


TERRY FENTON