Born in 1975 in Dublin, Ireland. Lives and works in British Columbia.
Brendan Tang is one of Canada’s most exciting emerging ceramics-based artists. His work came to wider attention in the late 2000s with the development of his Manga Ormolu series. In these pieces, Tang combines traditional Ming vase palettes and patterns with forms that are more futuristic or comic book–like. The results speak to contemporary culture, technology and globalization as well as to Tang’s own hybrid heritage, which spans China, India, Trinidad, Ireland and Canada. Tang studied at Malaspina University College, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and Southern Illinois University, where he received his MFA in 2006. Tang’s work has been exhibited at the Denver Biennial of the Americas, the Power Plant and the Vancouver Art Gallery, among other venues. Residencies include the European Ceramic Work Centre in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, and Medalta Potteries in Medicine Hat, Alberta. In 2010, Tang was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award and won the Winifred Shantz Award from the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. In 2012, he won the RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award.
Image of Brendan Tang in the studio courtesy of the artist.