About

Born in Toronto in 1981, and baptized on the Stoney Plains Reservation near Edmonton, Brayley developed an early interest in arts and culture while working with his parents in art + antiques in Nova Scotia where he attended elementary through high school. While completing a Bachelor`s degree at McGill University in Montreal in Art History and Political Science, he worked as a fashion and television model doing runway shows for the F-1 Fashion Series and acclaimed Canadian designer Denis Gagnon as well as TV spots on MusiMax and Fashion File. During the latter part of his studies, he worked in the Art + Antiques Department at Iegor`s Auction House, one of Canada`s premier auction houses. This allowed him the opportunity to work closely with original art from artists such as Jean-Paul Riopelle, Henri Masson and Picasso, and important antiquities from around the world, while also learning about the intricacies of the art economy. After graduating in 2004, William travelled in Australia and then lived for a time in London, England.  While there, he worked at Europe`s oldest commercial gallery, The Fine Art Society, as well as at London pop culture hub, MusicVideoExchange in Notting Hill. Returning to Canada in 2006, he moved to Calgary, Alberta, where he worked in various commercial art galleries and learned the craft of custom picture framing. This did not stop him from earning his spurs as a 3-time night security guard at the Calgary Stampede.  Upon returning to Halifax in 2009, William continued in his trade of custom picture framing in Burnside, NS, working on contracts for the Canadian Armed Forces and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.  During the following 5 years, he pursued part-time studies in fine arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art Design.  This included courses in painting, print, product design, metal work, film and video. In 2015, William moved to Vancouver where he worked in the Fine Art + Antiques department at Maynard`s Auction House and spent 2 semesters at the OPUS art materials store at Emily Carr University on Granville Island, where he studied part-time in web design.  In 2016, he migrated to Tofino for the surf and in September 2018 lauched William Brayley Art + Design Company from the Poolesland eco-villiage where he has been living for nearly 2 years. William’s exposure through the years to other fields of endeavour including working at Neptune Theatre Halifax, Bethany Care Centre in Calgary and on apple and blueberry farms in Australia and Canada has allowed William to interface with a variety of interesting individuals and free spirits from many countries.  This has contributed greatly to William`s understanding of the human spirit in art and design and the immense significance these practices have had in human societies for tens of thousands of years. As an artist and writer, he hopes to explore these practises in ways that contribute to a more positive and meaningful human dialogue that recognizes the profound importance of the natural world and the magnitude of the assault it is undergoing on a daily basis in our world today. William has had works published in Adbusters magazine, and has displayed his art in murals and at galleries and art fairs around the world.