Aaron Chapman recently came across a piece of vintage Vancouver in his family papers. The print was created by his mother Evadna Chapman, a Vancouver artist in the 1970s and 1980s. About the work, he writes:
[Above is] an old photograph that my late mother took of downtown Vancouver from across the water at Stanley Park, and an illustration she later did. She silk screened the art on a number of hand made greeting cards…
Coal Harbour had been home to an eclectic assortment of squatter shacks and boathouses for many years, until around 1955, when these homes were removed and replaced with the Vancouver Yacht Club Marina. Michael Kluckner talks about this time in his gentrification talk at about 9 minutes 30 seconds here.
Hycroft by Michael Kluckner, painted for the University Women’s Club which has owned the building for the past half-century. The plaque states the work was donated by Lois Millington in honour of Hycroft’s 100th Anniversary March 2011.
Michael writes on his site:
A good party and happy conclusion to a process that began last September with me getting onto the roof of a highrise a few blocks away with a 30 x 36 inch canvas…
Normally when you’re painting or photographing architecture you look for a low, corner angle that gives the composition strong diagonals and more drama; this straight-on view is much calmer, more conservative, befitting a mansion so well established in its landscape. The space has to recede in subtle shifts of tone and scale without any tricks of perspective.
BCIT Almanacs, published in 1979 and 1980 by BCIT and Michael Kluckner, along with a sketch of the BCIT Campus Centre from the 1980 edition. About the books, Michael writes:
I did two of them: one in 1979 and one in 1980. I then self-published a book called Vancouver Between The Streets in 1981 and negotiated a deal with the BCIT Students Association where they got the book with a section at the back of specifically BCIT information. I don’t know whether BCIT continued to produce an annual guidebook. I lost them as a client about 1982 in the great recession, although I continued to teach a course at night there until about 1985. Most of the fun working there was putting out the student newspaper.
If you find a copy of either one of these books, hang on to it; it is filled with all sorts of local businesses, attractions, and all manner of obscure minutia. In fact, it’s a bit like an early version of the Internet - everything you need to know in one book! You should be able to find Vancouver Between The Streets at the VPL; it also appears to be outrageously priced at various online vendors, from $72.69 at Amazon to $180.38 at ABEbooks and $192.21 at Alibris. A true cult title!
The Evolution of the Vancouver Apartment, from Michael Kluckner's Vanishing Vancouver: The Last 25 Years, an entirely new book to be published April 30th, 2012 by Whitecap Books. A number of book launch events are scheduled to coincide with the release of this book next month; to learn more about them, see my cross-post at Vancouver Is Awesome.
Heritage by Michael Kluckner (as seen on p.217 of Vancouver Remembered), part of a series of 4 paintings created for Vancouver’s 100th birthday in 1986. The painting depicts both old and new Vancouver with a view from Frances Street at Victoria Drive, including a corner store, a majestic turreted house, and the modern skyline. Even in 1985, many of the homes depicted along this block did not actually exist at this location, but were instead a representative sampling of Grandview homes. Today, the majestic turreted house at Frances Street and Salsbury Drive remains the sole landmark of Vancouver’s early heritage on this block.
Seen previously: City of the Century by Toni Onley, Waterfront City by Jack Shadbolt, and if anyone has the poster or an image of Hugh Ricks’ Sea Otter painting, please send it over! Paintings from this series are tagged “centennial”.