Brad Necyk

Selected Works


Brad Necyk is a Canadian visual artist and curator working through the mediums of drawing, photography, video, film, sculpture, and performance. He recently finished as the Artist in Residence with the Friends of the University Hospitals and Transplant Services Alberta Health Services for the length of 2015-16 and is a Master of Science candidate in Psychiatry. His current work focuses on patient experience, ethnography, psychiatry, pharmaceutics, and biopolitics. He has been shown internationally, was an artist in the 2015 Alberta Biennial, participates in artists’ residencies, delivers academic papers internationally, is a committee member on a number of professional bodies, is a Scholar in the Integrative Health Institute at the University of Alberta, and is currently teaching a number of senior level courses in Drawing and Intermedia at the University of Alberta.



2017 Master of Science (Candidate), University of Alberta, Psychiatry

2013 Master of FIne Arts, University of Alberta, Intermedia

2011 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Alberta, Drawing and Intermedia 

2006 Bachelor of Commerce, University of Alberta, Business Economics and Law


Current Major Projects

2016 Short Film Alberta #2 (Replica)

2016-17 Fine Arts Research/Creation and Patient-Oriented Research:
               Exploring Patients' Experiences of Head and Neck Cancer


Upcoming Exhibitions

2017 See Me, Hear Me, Heal Me, McMullen Gallery, Edmonton AB

2017 See Me, Hear Me, Heal Me, Dc3 Gallery, Edmonton AB

2016 TBA, Art Gallery of St. Albert, St. Albert AB (Solo)

2016 The Works Art and Design Festival, Edmonton AB

2016 Scott Gallery, Edmonton AB


Solo Exhibitions

2016 Retreat, McMullen Gallery, Edmonton AB

2015 Of Other Spaces, McMullen Gallery, Edmonton AB

2015 Just a Hard Rain, The Drawing Room, Edmonton AB

2013 Pharmakon, FAB Gallery, Edmonton AB 


Film Screenings

2016 Alberta, Metro Cinema, Edmonton AB


Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 White Coat Warm Art, Canadian Conference on
         Medical Education, Montreal QC

2015 After Biopolitics, Bioscience Research Lab, Houston, Texas USA

2015 Brain Storms: UAlberta Creates, Enterprise Square Galleries, Edmonton AB

2015 Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art,
         Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB

2014 Art and Design 1.0, FAB Gallery, Edmonton AB

2014 Park(ing) Day, Public art in collaboration with 
         The Drawing Room, Edmonton AB

2013 i see you pan, Latitude 53, Edmonton AB

2013 Encoding/Decoding, SNAP Gallery, Edmonton AB

2012 Schmoozy, Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton AB

2012 Petrocultures: Oil and Water, Gallery at 501, Sherwood Park AB

2012 Insight, FAB Gallery, Edmonton AB



2016 Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship (CIHR)

2016 Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship

2015 Kule Research Team Grant

2015 Profiling Alberta's Graduate Students Award

2015 Graduate Students Association Travel Grant

2015 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Project Grant

2013 Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship

2013 Graduate Student Scholarship

2012 SLSA Travel Grant

2012 Profiling Alberta’s Graduate Students Award

2012 Alberta Foundations for the Arts Scholarship

2011 Graduate Students Association Travel Grant

2004, 2009, 2010 Jason Lang Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Undergraduate Studies

2004 Faculty of Science First Class Standing

2004 Melcor Business Scholarship

2004 Young Entrepreneur Award






Artist Statement

My work over the past four years has been focused around patient experience—whether that was my own or someone else's—and representations of mental illness. I examine the experiences people have as their bodies or minds weaken or become altered, and how medical interventions function around and upon them. I specifically look at patient’s methods of treatment: substances, pharmaceutics, art, isolation, baths. It is in these practices that you can see how people be-ill and do-illness. I hope that my work can distill these complex, and very human, experiences into tangible representations, creating a space for an affective learning experience between the work and audience.