It all started for me in Glasgow Scotland, when I was eight. My teacher insisted I enter a drawing in a local art contest. I won first prize, even though the other students were much older. From there it was onto a national competition, which brought me a second place ribbon. Ironically the piece that won was by the man who would eventually be my tutor in my early teens, and in third place, the teacher who insisted I submit my work. In my late teens and early twenties, my art took to me England, France and finally Spain, where I studied under Salvador Dali for several months.
In the early seventies, I immigrated to Canada, succumbed to pressure, and joined my father and my brother-in-law in the automotive business. I entered a self-imposed exile and didn’t put a brush to canvas for almost 30 years, It wasn’t until after my divorce and a move to Vancouver that my interest in the arts returned with a passion. I also added a new tool to my inventory, a camera. Prior to that I had always regarded the camera as a tool one would only use when taking family snapshots.
Now that I have officially retired, I spend most of my day creating new art in all mediums.
Hendrik and April of AHA MEDIA are so honored and thrilled to take a cartooning workshop from Ian!
Hendrik is very excited to learn from Ian Savage, famous artist!
Watching Ian create his cartoons
Perspectives of Depth
We learned about the Tortillon - a cylindrical drawing tool, tapered at the ends and usually made of rolled paper, used by artists to smudge or blend marks
Hendrik’s cartoon with a dog and perspectives of depth
We are so excited to learn from Ian Savage and can’t wait till next class
Thanks Ian for supporting our creative journey of discovery and wonderment!
Japantown Live/Work Studios is shutting its doors for good at the end of September so please join us as we celebrate seven years nurturing local artists with a pair of exciting events:
Exclusive private show featuring a retrospective of Vancouver raised Michael Corkill 1969 – 2011 Character, world traveller, clochard, intellectual, jokster. Michael passed away sudddenly this past winter in his adopted home of Berlin and this is the first attempt to gather such a varied body of his work.
Original works for sale by local artists including: sculpture and found objects, original ceramics by Danny Kostyshin, native carving by Errol Ashley and the Mountain brothers, beadwork by Eddie Halfe, illustration, paintings, computer generated projections and more.
Below is a video of Leo Cooper remember his friend, Vancouver Artist Michael Corkill 1969-2011
Below is a video of a Walk through Japantown Studios
AHA MEDIA to exhibit a video at ‘Life Size” – PHS LifeSkills Centre Art show – Aug 10 – 30 2011 in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
Opening Night Wednesday Aug 10, 2011 6pm – 8pm at InterUrban Art Gallery 1 West Hastings in Vancouver Downtown Eastside
AHA MEDIA is very proud to have their first experimental art video of Life in the Downtown Eastside at this showing! Many thanks to Colin Askey for mentoring us in artful editing!!
Below are some stills from our video
We hope to see everyone at the show!
Alex Mountain has been carving for 30 years and is from Vancouver Island
He is proud to show off his red cedar Raven Feather carving!
Right to Food mobile mural project collaboratively created seven 8′x4′ mobile, lightweight murals that each represent one of 7 Food Solutions to reform the quality, nutritional impact, abundance and delivery of food across the DTES.
The 7 Solutions were developed by the DTES Kitchen Tables project in partnership with sister organizations across the community. Once complete, the 7 murals will be displayed across the community, serving as Right to Food landmarks.
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