Gerard Brender à Brandis
Zebra Finches on Dendrobium Kingianum, 1984
Gerard Brender a Brandis was born in the Netherlands to a faimly with its origins in medieval Switzerland. He came to Canada with his family in 1947, and lived in British Columbia and Nova Scotia before settling in Ontario. After completing his B.A. in Fine Arts History at McMaster University in 1965 he set out to establish a career in blockprinting and bookmaking. His first edition of handmade books appeared in 1969 and another has been issued almost each year since then. His books have been included in the collections of The National Library, Ottawa, the New York Pulic Libray, The National Library of New Zealand, and many public and university libraries, as well as private collections. His single-leaf engravings are in The National Gallery, Ottawa, The Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton, The Hunt Botanical Library, Pittsburgh, and in private collections in Canada, The United States, Europe, Britain and Japan. He now lives and works in Stratford, Ontario.