What was I up to early last week? I was painting a mural, that's what! The piece is called I've Gazed Along the Open Road and is based on two wall sculptures of the same name that I recently completed for my solo show, Suspended in a Sunbeam, on until April 30 at Kafka's in Vancouver.
I'm part of an artist group called THRIVE Mastermind that meets monthly at The Profile Downtown Vancouver. THRIVE has created a Mural Residency program that members of Mastermind can apply to - an opportunity for The Profile to have local artist's work on their walls and a chance for artists to create their art on a large scale.
One of the walls for this is in the Innovation Room, a meeting space at the Downtown Vancouver location that is sponsored by Manning Elliott Accountants & Business Advisors. The blue colour of the domes in these pieces was a match for Manning Elliott's brand colour and I think that may have sealed the deal!
My paper work is often in the 5-7 inch range; this lovely is much, much larger at 6 feet wide x 5 feet high! I'd love to paint something even larger and perhaps more complex, adding shadowing and perhaps some 3D elements as well. So many ideas!
Having assisted on several murals, creating one of my own was such a great experience and I'm looking forward to doing many more. That's right - Vancouver has a new muralist for hire! If you'd like a piece for your wall, do say hello!
Thank you to THRIVE, The Profile, and Manning Elliott for inviting me to create this piece! If you'd like to see it in person (along with murals by current and past THRIVE Mastermind Members Kari Kristensen, Sandeep Johal, Morgane Billault, Alice Clair, and a piece by the founders of THRIVE, Tara Galuska and Jamie Smith), say hello to the good folks at The Profile to check out the space or to book a little time there to get some work done in their light-filled and art-filled space.