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Geometry and vibrant colours create powerful visuals.  Matt W. Moore, the artist behind MWM Graphics, a Design and Illustration studio based in Portland, has been creating high energy works across many disciplines from precise and colorful digital vector graphics, to freeform watercolor paintings, massive aerosol murals, skateboards, wallpaper, etc. 

Vectorfunk Abstractions:

K2 Snowboards:

DeckPeck Skateboards:

Nike Dunk Murals. ROJO/NIKE Event. Barcelona, Spain:


If you want to collect one of MWM’s original works, you are in luck!  A series of MWM original vectorfunk digital print on canvases made exclusively for a fashion retailer, Revolve, in 2008 has just come up for sale.  You can purchase one of the original pieces at very reasonable prices of US$327 (original price US$1500).  Or get a print for US$8.  See full collection at Reverse.

(Image credit: MWM Graphics)


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PDA – Public Display of Art

Combined with the spirit of Winter Olympics, Vancouver is also celebrating worlds of art.  Over 30 bold and innovative contemporary sculptures from around the world can be found in parks, beaches, street corners, and sky train stations.  Showcasing art in public spaces inspires people to experience art, themselves and their world in new and creative ways, promotes cultural exchange, and increases appreciation of the important role art plays in society. 

This free citywide outdoor art exhibition is organized by Vancouver Biennale and will be displayed till mid 2011.  Biennale is Italian for “every other year”.  Vancouver is one of many cities that turn into a world stage to showcase contemporary art every two years.    Click here for map of the Biennale installation locations.

Sculpture : Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin’s Head
Artist : Gao Brothers (China)
Location : Alderbridge Way and Elmbridge Way, Richmond

A super-sized stainless steel sculpture features two iconic figures: a diminutive Miss Mao and monumental Vladimir Lenin, both of whom profoundly influenced world history.


Sculpture : Olas de Viento (Wind Waves)
Artist : Yvonne Domenge (Mexico)
Location : Garry Point Park, Steveston

– Intense red circular form of rhythmic and undulating curves and movement is reflective of the oceans waves within a contained form.


Sculpture : Cabeza Vainilla Cabeza Cordoba Cebeza Chiapas
Artist : Javier Marin (Mexico)
Location : No. 3 Road, Richmond

– In these gigantic heads one can sense strength, decay, dignity and history. The red color of the Mexican clay suggests remnants of some ancient monument to unknown heroes and the struggles of people to become an independent nation.


Sculpture : We, 2008
Artist : Jaume Plensa (Spain)
Location : Sunset Beach Park, Vancouver

– The sculpture celebrates Vancouver’s linguistic and cultural diversity by incorporating multiple alphabets, (Latin, Greek, Russian Cyrillic, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Arabic, Chinese) in an all embracing womb-like human form.



Sculpture : Meeting
Artist : Wang Shugang (China)
Location : Cardero Park, Vancouver

– First exhibited during the G-8 summit meeting in Germany in 2007 where world leaders held a “meeting”, the placing of the figures in static sitting positions with cupped hands is not without irony nor historical and cultural significance.


Sculpture : A-maze-ing Laughter
Artist : Yue Minjun (China)
Location : Morton Park, Vancouver

– Recognized universally as a sign of happiness, the smile raises questions of intent and interpretation. One of the most influential contemporary artists in China, Yue Minjun represents the new wave of Chinese artistic freedom.


Sculpture : Barbora
Artist : Vladas Vildžiūnas (USA)
Location : Thornton Park, Vancouver

– The original concept for this figurative sculpture was a lady walking in a park in solitude with breezes adding movement to her garments. In 1972, the model this sculpture was based on, acquired the name Barbora, a Lithuanian Queen, who became synonymous with an independent, free and autonomous nation.


Sculpture : Water #7
Artist : Jun Ren (China)
Location : Vanier Park, Vancouver

Sculpture : Water #10
Artist : Jun Ren (China)
Location : Cambie Road and the Fraser River, Richmond

– Artist’s inspiration came from pure forms; liquid water or mercury stopped in motion that revealed its shape as a drop or spill caught in the air. Though weighing seven tons, with no angles, or hard edges, the form flows visually and appears light and fluid.


Sculpture: Skin of Time
Artist : Choi Tae Hoon (Korea)
Location : Harbour Green Park, Vancouver

 The tree represents many things in Korean culture. Aspects of the artist’s life are reflected in the night light via messages and important mementoes embedded into the metal bark of the tree.


Sculpture: Engagement
Artist : Dennis Oppenheim (USA)
Location : Sunset Beach Park, Vancouver

– The diamond ring, reflective of romantic unions and celebrating commitment and tradition, is re-conceptualized here in this monumental sculpture.


Sculpture: Artificial Rock #143 
Artist: Zhan Wang (China)
Location: Vancouver city Center Station, Canada-Line,Vancouver

– This reflective steel rock literally and metaphorically represents the past and the future; tradition and transition of a nation and people into Modernity. Zhan Wang’s Rock #143 represents the new China: the growth and expansion of ideas, aesthetics, economics and internationalism.


Sculpture: The Stop 
Artist: Michael Zheng (USA/China)
Location: Vanier Park and Charleson Park,Vancouver

– This work explores the possibility of subverting the power of signs through placement, dislocation and design.



Sculpture: Echoes
Artist: Michael Goulet (Canada)
Location: Kitsilano Beach Park, Vancouver

 – Public installations of artistic and whimsical chairs with thought provoking, often bi lingual aphorisms have become a signature trademark of this Quebec based artist.



Sculpture: 217.5 Arc x 13′
Artist: Bernar Venet (France)
Location: Sunset Beach Park, Vancouver

– Venet illustrates the beauty, balance and plasticity of raw steel in his artistically mathematical manipulations of this industrial material. Nature, the universe, and life are all interconnected and explainable mathematically according to Venet .


Sculpture: Pillows
Artist: Liu Jianhua (China)
Location: Harbour Green Park, Vancouver

– Through multiples of weighted fibreglass pillows, a mundane everyday domestic object, (not historically Chinese), juxtaposed in an outdoor space, the artist creates a contradiction and a curiosity inviting the viewer to contemplate functionality and engagement.

Sculpture: History of Loss
Artist: Sudarshan Shetty (India)
Location: King Edward Station, Vancouver

–  Although inspired by VW Beetle childhood toy cars, the reference here is multitudinous; iconic combustion engine vehicles entombed and dated as artifacts, reflecting the consciousness and worldliness of young Contemporary Indian artists.


Sculpture: Arriving Home
Artist: Dennis Oppenheim (USA)
Location: YVR – International Arrivals Terminal, Richmond

  – Departure and arrival, as well as the freedom and the exhilaration of travel and mobility are crystallized in the rhythmic movement in this circular sculpture created by one of the most influential, innovative and respected artists working today.


Sculpture:  Joe Sola is Making Art
Artist: Joe Sola (USA)
Location: Yaletown Station, Canada-Line, Vancouver

– This work is both tongue-in-cheek, part wry humour and part serious social commentary. The work places the artist in a box which chronicles his time making art drawing attention to the celebrity status, and forced self-promotion inherent in the contemporary art scene.


Sculpture:  Minotaur and Hare
Artist: Sophie Ryder (England)
Location: Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, Vancouver

– According to ancient folklore the Minotaur and the Hare are incompatible opposites. In Greek mythology the Minotaur, often portrayed as part man and part bull, is a figure of courage and terror, while the Hare symbolizes fertility, agility, and bravery. Here they co-exist in harmony and admiration, or do they?


Sculpture:  Walking Figures
Artist: Magdalena Abakanowicz (Poland)
Location: English Bay Beach Park, Vancouver

– The sombre tone and sheer weight of the figures references time, loss and mindless response of the crowd.


Sculpture:  The King and Queen
Artist: Sorel Etrog (Canada)
Location: Harbour Green, Vancouver

 – In this work the artist makes manifest the complex relationship between man and machinery and the conflict between individual agency in craft and industrialized mass manufacturing in the modern world.


Sculpture:  Jasper
Artist: John Clement (USA)
Location: Robson Street & Jervis, Vancouver

Clement’s trademark steel spirals, turns and loops challenge the inherent properties of the rigid tubular steel.

(Via Vancouver Biennale; Photo Credits: Dan Fairchild)

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Graham Gilmore (1963) from small town Winlaw, British Columbia, Canada is known for his loosely executed text based imagery that reflects his idiosyncratic observations on society and the people in his own life.  He finds inspiration from vintage ledger paper and architectural maps and then adds his signature word play to create work that is both intellectually tantalizing and visually inspired.  The chunky letters often cast dark shadows and create both a spatial and a psychological landscape.  Price range from $12,000 for work on paper to $50,000 for large canvases.

Strike Out on Your Own (2009)

With Your Best Interest at Heart as Always (2009)


Turns You On (2005)

(Via Artnet)

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A woman participating in an art class at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art lost her balance, fell against a Picasso masterpiece, and caused a 6-inch tear.  Luckily the tear occurred near the lower right hand corner and can be mended, according to the musuem.

The painting is called “The Actor”, marking the shift from Picasso’s blue period to his rose period and was painted in the winter between 1904-1905. It is an unusually large canvas measuring 6ft by 4ft and shows an acrobat planted in front of an abstract background.  It was valued at US$80 million.

The Actor is not the first Picasso to suffer damage as the result of carelessness in recent years. In 2006, Steve Wynn, the Las Vegas casino mogul, tore Picasso’s “Le Rêve” with his elbow in his office while showing the painting off to friends.  At the time Wynn was reportedly ready to sell the work for US$139 million. After a $90,000 repair, the painting was evaluated to be worth $85 million.  $54 million drop in value – a very costly accident indeed. 

via Luxist & Luxury-Insider

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There has beeen an increasing trend of hotels getting invovled with art, showcasing local artists’ work.  The latest one that stands out is The Opposite House in Beijing.

The name, The Opposite House, is derived from a translation of a Chinese word, which describes the guest house sitting on the opposite side of a traditional courtyard style home.  The hotel’s 99 contemporary guest rooms are strikingly simple with natural wooden floors and subtle touches of Chinese décor.  It is designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and opened in 2008.

Through January to March 2010, The Opposite House will be showing two painting installations by Peng Wei, known for her delicate ink color paintings on silk and paper.  The first series, “Rock Garden,” is a series of rock images painted on transparent panels, creating an ethereal garden of vestiges of a scholarly past; and the second, “Bodies,” depicts the female form created from rice paper adorned with refined images imbued with aesthetic sensitivity.

Peng Wei’s exhibition is part of The Opposite House’s on-going quarterly presentations of contemporary Chinese works by young artists in addition to the hotel’s permanent collection of unique pieces by noted Asian artists,

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In a world obsessed with image and superficial looks, Nick Veasey, creates otherworldly images that exposes what lies beneth the surface.   Using industrial x-ray machines, Nick photographs what things are made of – the inner beauty.

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