20 amazing Vancouver paintings by artist Jon Shaw

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Vancouver artist Jon Shaw spent the better part of 2013 documenting the city he lives in, with paintings.

He’s been recreating Vancouver’s urban landscape through mixed media paintings for about a year and a half. His pieces are a combination of drawing and painting techniques on wood panels.

The majority of his working day is spent in the Gastown/Chinatown/Downtown East Side areas. These neighborhoods are a wealth of amazing visuals that work well with his art style.

He’s always been attracted to industrial, cluttered and gritty imagery. When he looks for subject matter for a new piece, he is looking for something that will hold his nterest for a sustained period of time. The main reason he creates art is for relaxation and personal satisfaction. For a piece to remain fun and interesting to work on, it needs to have complex visuals and ample room to play and experiment.

Therefore, dense and busy imagery attract him the most. Alleyways, shipping yards, street post signs and graffiti-laden dumpsters all fit this description, and present opportunities for new pieces.

The length of time to complete a piece depends on the size. A 36” x 36” piece, such as his newer alleyway pieces, take about 30 hours each to complete. A smaller 24” x 24” painting, such as his street posts, take about 20 hours. The largest work he has done so far, a painting of the Port Metro Vancouver shipping cranes and containers, is 36” x 48” and took 40 hours.

“I feel like this body of work has only just begun. I have so many ideas for new pieces that I can’t keep up,’ say Jon. I’m really excited about everything that’s happening art-wise and I don’t plan to stop anytime soon. Vancouver is such a perfect place to explore and find new locations and images to use for art works. In just a short bike ride you can explore so many different neighbourhoods and they all have their own unique looks and feels.

His work is available for viewing at the studio through private appointment, or through Kimoto Gallery (6th and Granville).

He also posts everything he does online. His main website is a more complete and cohesive gallery of finished paintings. The Facebook page is where he’ll post process photos of works-in-progress and show invites. His Etsy shop is where he’ll sell prints and greeting cards of his work.

www.jonshawpaintings.com

www.facebook.com/jonshawpaintings

https://www.etsy.com/shop/JonShawPaintings

20 Amazing Vancouver Paintings by Jon Shaw

Port Metro Vancouver

Port Metro Vancouver

Cambie and Hastings

Cambie and Hastings

Carrall and Cordova

Carrall and Cordova

Empress

Empress

JonShaw_Enumerative_800

Fifth and Maple

Fifth and Maple

Gore and Pender

Gore and Pender

Hastings and Carrall

Hastings and Carrall

Homer and Cordova

Homer and Cordova

Only Seafoods

Only Seafoods

Main and Broadway

Main and Broadway

Main and Pender

Main and Pender

Sun Tower

Sun Tower

No left turn

No left turn

Alleyway

Alleyway

Pender and Cambie

Pender and Cambie

Powell and Dunlevy

Powell and Dunlevy

Powell and Gore

Powell and Gore

Woodward's

Woodward’s

Walk through

Walk through

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