Biography: Brendan L S Tang MFA/RCA (1975)

Brendan Tang was born in Dublin, Ireland of Trinidadian parents and is a naturalized citizen of Canada. He earned his formal art education on both Canadian coasts and the American Midwest, where he learn to appreciate the ceramic medium. Tang has lectured at conferences and academic institutions across the continent, and his professional practice has also taken him to India, Europe and Japan. He has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts (Helena, MT) and has participated in an international residency at the European Ceramic Work Centre ('s-Hertogenbosch, NL). 

Tang has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal in QB, and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, as well being a recipient of the 2016 Biennale Internationale de Vallauris contemporary ceramic award. He has been profiled by The Knowledge Network, and featured in printed publications including The National Post, Wired (UK and Italy), and ELLE (Canada). Tang’s work can be found in such collections as the Seattle Art Museum, the Ariana Muse in Geneva SW, Canada House in London (UK) and the Art Bank of Canada. 

Tang dedicates his full attention to his professional art practice in Vancouver BC, where he continues to explore the interface between culture and material.

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Public COLLECTIONS (selected)

Vancouver Art Gallery, BC CDN   

Nanaimo Art Gallery, BC CDN

Surrey Art Gallery BC CDN  

Kamloops Art Gallery, BC CDN      

Art Bank of Canada

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, BC CDN

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, NS CDN


Seattle Art  Museum, WA USA

Ariana Muse, Geneva SW

Canada House, London UK

Simons, Square One, Mississauga, ON CDN

Gardiner Museum, ON CDN                                                                              

Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, ON CDN  

BMO Collection, ON CDN

RBC Collection, ON CDN

Canadian Museum of History, QB CDN


 Solo and 2-person shows


Brendan Tang & Diyan Achjadi. Surface Handling. Dunlop Art Gallery. Regina, SK.

meatspace. Burrard Arts Foundation. Vancouver, BC.   

Brendan Tang and Sonny Assu: Ready Player Two. Touchstones Gallery. Abbotsford, BC.

Brendan Tang and Sonny Assu: Ready Player Two. Yukon Art Centre, Whitehorse, YT


Brendan Tang and Sonny Assu: Ready Player Two. The Reach Gallery. Abbotsford, BC.


Souvenirs from Earth. Gallery Jones. Vancouver, BC.

Souvenirs from Earth. Sheppard Contemporary Gallery. Reno, NV.


Brendan Tang and Diyan Achjadi: Residue -Tracing the Lore. Malapsina Printmakers. Vancouver, BC.

Artist series in the Koerner Ceramics Gallery. Museum of Anthropology. Vancouver, BC.


Fan Fiction. Gallery Jones. Vancouver, BC.


Brendan Tang and Alex Mcleod: The future is already here. Surrey Art Gallery. Surrey, BC.                  

Soheila K. Esfahani and Brendan Tang: Ornamental Boundaries. Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. Kitchener Waterloo, ON


Brendan Tang. Gallery Jones. Vancouver, BC. Solo

Gained in Translation. Rodman Hall Art Centre. St. Catharines. ON. Solo                 


Brendan Tang: Manga Ormolu. Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Lethbridge, AB. Solo.

Dirk Staschke & Brendan Tang. Gallery Jones, Vancouver, BC.

Sugar Bombs: Diyan Achjadi and Brendan Tang. Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK.


Sugar Bombs: Diyan Achjadi and Brendan Tang. MAI Gallery. Montreal, QC.

Sugar Bombs: Diyan Achjadi and Brendan Tang. Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC.


Through the Gilded Looking Glass. The New Gallery, Calgary AB. Solo.

Fresh Donuts. Tilt Gallery and Project Space, Portland OR.

Mimesis: Brendan Tang & Susan Bozic. Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo BC.


Brendan Tang: Cultural Reflections. The Cube, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC. Solo.

Through the Gilded Looking Glass. New Wagner Art Gallery,Edwardsville IL. Solo.


Selected Group Exhibitions      


Flow:  Surrey Art Gallery. Surrey, BC. 

60th Annual Faenza Prize: Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche. Faenza, Italy

40 Years of the Kamloops Art Gallery. Kamloops Art Gallery. Kamloops, BC. 

Fait Main / Hand Made: Musee National Des Beaux-Arts Du Quebec. Quebec City, QC

Diverse Voices From Vancouver: Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Portland, OR

Summer Breaks Group Show. Gallery Jones. Vancouver, BC.  


Loewe Foundation Craft Prize: 21 _21 Gallery, Tokyo Japan.        

Loewe Foundation Craft Prize: Chamber, New York NY

Loewe Foundation Craft Prize: COAM, Madrid Spain

Future Forward on the Ceramics Highway: The Cleaners, Portland OR  


Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Kansas City, MO


Dig This. Gallery of British Columbia Ceramics. Vancouver, BC.

My Blue China. Foundation d’entreprise Bernardaud. Limoges, France.

Play, Precarity and Survival. Ace Art Inc. Winnipeg, MB.

Seattle Art Fair. Gallery Jones. Seattle, WA.


Once + Future: Contemporary Canadian Ceramics. Red Deer Museum. Red Deer, AB

Boarders. Northern Clay Centre. Minneapolis, MN

Art Toronto, Metro Toronto Conference Centre, Toronto ON

Porcelain: Breaking Tradition. Division Gallery. Toronto,ON 


Art Toronto, Metro Toronto Conference Centre, Toronto ON

De la porcelaine à l’oeuvre, Art Mûr, Montreal QB

The Art Bank in the 21st Century, MSVU Art Gallery, Halifax NS

New Blue-and-White. Museum Fine Art. Boston, MA.     

The Art Bank in the 21st Cent. Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Kingston, ON

 Materially Speaking. Richmond Art Gallery. Richmond, BC


SEVEN (re)Thinking Ceramics. Schneider Museum of Art. Ashland,OR. Invitational

Here and Now. Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.

Elegant Disorder Perspectives on Porcelain. Satellite Gallery.Vancouver, BC.

Where It’s At. Mendel Art Gallery. Saskatoon, SK.

Red Lodge Clay Centre. Red Lodge, MT

RBC Emerging Artists Award. Gardiner Ceramic Museum. Toronto, ON.


Barroco Nova. Museum London. London ON. Invitational

OverThrown: Clay Without Limits. Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO. Invitational.

Making Fun. 67th Scripps Ceramic Annual. Claremont, CA. Invitational.

Where We Are. Art Labour. Shanghi, China. Invitational


Sobey Art Award. Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Montreal, QC.Jurors: Grant Arnold, Jen Budney, Philip Monk, Lesley Johnstone, David Diviney                                   

BAM Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown. Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA. Jurors: Bif Brigman; Stefano Catalani; Akio Takamori; Namita Wiggers.                 

You are Here. Plus Gallery, Biennial of Americas, Denver CO. Invitational.

Breaking Boundaries: Four Young Canadian Artists. Gardiner Museum, Toronto, ON. Invitational.

SOFA New York. Option Art Gallery.


Nothing to Declare. The Power Plant, Toronto, ON. Invitational.

SOFA Chicago. Option Art Gallery.

A Little Distillery In Nowgong. Thompson Rivers University Gallery, Kamloops, BC. Invitational.

Blue Like an Orange. Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON. Invitational.

A Little Distillery In Nowgong. Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa, ON. City of Ottawa and Centre A Gallery. Invitational.

Post-Kiln. Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC. Invitational.

How Soon Is Now. Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC. Invitational.

Eye Gouging: Sensational Ceramics. Arnica Gallery, Kamloops, BC.

A Little Distillery in Nowgong. Centre A Gallery, Vancouver, BC. Invitational.


Clay and Glass Invitational 2008. Atrium Gallery, Corning, NY. Invitational.

Archie Bray Artists in Residence Exhibition. Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane WA. Invitational

On the Cusp II. Prime Gallery, Toronto, ON. Invitational.

Toronto International Art Fair. Prime Gallery, Toronto ON. 

Resident Artist Exhibition. Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT. Invitational. 

Post Modern Sculpture. Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL. Invitational.

The Greatest Show on Earth. Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA. Invitational.

Clay? II.  Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland WA. Jurors: Doug Jeck; Akio Takamori; Jamie Walker.                 


en feu*. 52nd annual Salon des métiers d’art du Québec, Place Bonaventure, Montreal, QC. Jurors: Janelle Mellamphy & Jérôme Zaavy.

Bitters and Sweets. Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA. Invitational.

NCECA 2007 Clay National Biennial Exhibition. Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville KY. Jurors: Nick Kripal; Silvie Granatelli; Syd Carpenter.                 

Art LA 2007. Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles CA.                

Merging Lanes. Vancouver Island Short Film Festival, Nanaimo BC.


Narrative Viscosity, Faculty Show. Thompson Rivers University Art Gallery, Kamloops BC.                 

Interchange. Montminy Gallery, Columbia MO. Invitational.

Graduate Student Show. New Wagner Art Gallery, Edwardsville IL. Juror: Eric Lutz.


Wagner Potters Association Members Show. James S. Murray Gallery,

Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield IL.

Asian Heritage. Crafthouse Gallery, Vancouver BC. Juror: KC Solano.

Made on a Tuesday. Main Street Art Gallery, Edwardsville IL. Juror: Charity Davis-Woodard.

Evocative Implements. Baltimore MD. Invitational.                 

Graduate Student Show. New Wagner Art Gallery, Edwardsville IL.Juror: Dawn Nash.