William (Bill) Brownridge

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William (Bill)  Brownridge

William Roy "Bill" Brownridge is one of Canada's most popular hockey artists and author of three Canadian classic children's hockey books. The game of hockey - with emphasis on children's enjoyment of playing this great game – has been a life-long inspiration for Bill.

Bill Brownridge graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and Art (now the Alberta College of Art) with a diploma in advertising art. In 1975-76 he won a Canada Council grant to paint and draw the disappearing railroad architecture of the prairies. He was commissioned in 1981 by the Calgary Olympic Development Association to render a series of serigraphs depicting the sporting events of the Olympic Winter Games. These works were used as a part of Calgary's winning presentation (both in print and film) to the International Olympic Committee for the 1988 Olympics.

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William (Bill)  Brownridge _Anita To The Max

Anita To The Max


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William (Bill)  Brownridge _Anita To The Max
Anita To The Max

 
William (Bill)  Brownridge After Chores
After Chores

 
William (Bill)  Brownridge Beliveing The Dream
Beliveing The Dream

 
William (Bill)  Brownridge Prairie Winter Sunset
Prairie Winter Sunset

 
William (Bill)  Brownridge Puck Chase
Puck Chase

 
William (Bill)  Brownridge Salt Spring Shinny
Salt Spring Shinny

 
William (Bill)  Brownridge The Dug-Out From The Bleachers
The Dug-Out From The Bleachers

 
William (Bill)  Brownridge The Great Outdoors
The Great Outdoors

 
William (Bill)  Brownridge The Subs
The Subs

 
William (Bill)  Brownridge The Weber Boys
The Weber Boys

 
William (Bill)  Brownridge Toe Save
Toe Save

 
William (Bill)  Brownridge Winter Morning at the Slough
Winter Morning at the Slough

 
William (Bill)  Brownridge I Lovethe Night Rink
I Love the Night Rink

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William (Bill)  Brownridge

William (Bill) Brownridge

William (Bill) Brownridge Description

My inspiration to paint comes from three sources. Perhaps most significantly, as a child I suffered from a physical condition which greatly hindered my ability to walk and run. My condition led to a fascination with all types of action and, as a child of the prairies, it was only natural that my eye would focus on things such as galloping horses and the grace and power of an outdoor hockey game.

In addition, with my home environment of the Canadian prairies cold for six months of the year, I grew up loving the wintertime, both its shining beauty and its starkness.

Over the years, my art has been exhibited in galleries and art venues across the country. Most significantly, I have had exhibitions in Calgary's famed Glenbow Museum and the National Musuem of Science and Technology in Canada's capital city of Ottawa.

Since 1988 I have had over 15 individual shows, most of which have sold out, and my paintings are presently available in three different Canadian galleries. The U.S. Olympic Centre in Colorado has purchased several pieces. I've been exhibited in Toronto's Hockey Hall of Fame and  have had many works purchased by NHL executives, players, and organizations including the hocley hall of fame and the International Hockey Federation. Added to this are the hundreds of individuals who collect my art. Furthermore, I've appeared inside and on the front page of daily newspapers across the country, in magazines, and on CBC Radio and CBC TV including Newsworld.

In 1995 I left advertising so I could dedicate myself exclusively to painting. Since then I have also become a writer and illustrator of my own series of best-selling children's books. The most recent title "The Boy Who Wouldn't Fight" is the story of a young mans journey in competative hockey featuring an original story and illustrations.

I presently live on Salt Spring Island, still creating and fascinated by the act of painting.

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