Brandon McVittie is a graduate of Art History from Montreal's McGill University where he studied traditional studio methods, materials and approaches in painting.
His professional art career began over twenty years ago and has been multifaceted.
McVittie has worked as an historical illustrator for the Canadian Geographic Magazine and has been a court room and features illustrator for national newspapers, magazines and television; including: the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star, the Vancouver Sun and both the CTV and CBC television networks.
As past co-owner and curator of ARTGUISE Fine Art Gallery in Ottawa from 1996 to 2010, McVittie helped launch careers of emerging artists and drew international attention presenting exhibitions for over a decade.
He is widely recognized for his landscape oil paintings that emulate an old world flavour in execution and palette. In his genre pieces, he explores mid 20th century inspirations while paying homage to the rendering style(s) of figures made fashionable by artists/illustrators from the era.
He strives to incorporate his nostalgia for vintage sentiment in his painting; conveying the old as new again...
"Bullfights, Polar Bears and Women in Corsets: the Old and New of Brandon McVittie" by Peter Simpson, The Ottawa Citizen, December 7, 2012
"The Artful Blogger: Artist and Former Artguise owner Brandon McVittie's latest painting exhibition makes the old look new" by Paul Gessel, Ottawa Magazine, December 3, 2012