A Prairie Town, 2021

Artist Statement


The Canadian prairies have an architectural tradition of impermanence, committed pragmatism and humble resolve. These early settlements and buildings had a tenuous link to the earth, their very existence a flaunting of the distances and the endless plains. Infused with old country visions only partially resolved, our first builders grasped the most basic of spatial and architectural means-the survey grid, the windbreak, the exaggerated facade – to tame an immense plain.

Motivated by a sense of nostalgia, I traveled the lesser roads of the Canadian plains in search of the same scenes I once photographed as a child. I was seeking remnants of the past and present them here as a catalogue of artifacts, revealing an identity shaped by a connection to the soil, ethnicity and community.

The narrative was influenced by sections of Robert Kroetsch’s long poem “Seed Catalogue” (1977). The photographs explore, as Kroetsch’s Seed Catalogue does, the construction of place and the prairie town as a new world garden where the fundamental question is: “how do you grow…” a town on the prairie landscape.”

Artist Biography

David Burdeny’s Masters in Architecture and Interior Design background combined with his upbringing in the vast Canadian prairies provides the template for his keen technical ability, enduring patience and minimalist aesthetic enabling him to shoot on site, documenting sky, horizon and the marks humankind leaves behind. Vancouver, BC based, Burdeny has exhibited with the Jennifer Kostuik Gallery since 2001, showcasing his images from the world over, including Antarctica, Iceland, Brazil, China, Burma, Cambodia, France, Italy, Canada and the USA. In 2012 the Ancora Series of 2010 was exhibited at the Centre for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA, Curated by Richard Gadd. Burdeny has won several gold awards in international art photography competitions, most significantly receiving International Photographer of the Year in the Nature category for Canada, revealed at the Lucie Awards Ceremony in New York City, October 2008. Shorelines sold out in both the limited collector edition and trade publication. Burdeny’s work has been included in corporate and private collections. He currently has 8 limited edition photographic series offered and is art is presented at international art fairs yearly.


Loose Print Values

59 x 73.5 inches
Edition of 5
$15,500 CAD

44 x 55 inches
Edition of 10
$7,000 CAD

32 x 40 inches
Edition of 7
$5,900 CAD

21 x 26 inches
Edition of 7
$2,800 CAD