Visual Art Created by Dean Fogal

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When looking at these visually stunning pieces, can you see the visual context of each piece?  Dean has a theatre background and his artwork reflects the space for storytelling, both visually and conceptually.  You can get more information about Dean and his artworks at


An Amazing Vancouver Street Artist, Ken Foster

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Ken Foster did not fit the image of an artist I’m familiar with when I saw him at the Art Battle Vancouver yesterday.  However, Ken’s intensity and focus on this “Back Alley” piece quickly changed my curiosity.  The transformation of his painting was astonishing – with layers of details reflecting the contrast between the darkness and the light. At one point, I couldn’t stop admiring the painting from a distance so I got closer to look.  Unexpectedly, Ken asked my thought on the painting and I replied “AMAZING”.

Despite Ken’s challenges in life with mental illness and drug addiction, his passion for painting has never seemed to dim.  He studied at Emily Carr and worked on films and TV sets before.  If you happen to be in Gastown, you may be lucky to see him doing some paintings on the street.


Do you choose a hotel for its Art Collection?

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A year ago, my husband and I visited Portland, Oregon.  We wanted to stay in a hotel for two nights before driving to the coast.  I chose Hotel Modera, mainly for its cool interiors and art collection (over 500 pieces of local art).  Although I didn’t get to see all the pieces in other hotel rooms, I found the piece I’d like to own – the abstract piece on a large white wall in the hotel lobby.  This painting by artist William Park has the ideal scale and composition that I admire.  The painting is not for sale but I’d certainly like to attend a painting workshop at the artist’s gallery next time we visit Portland.


Art in 20 minutes, possible?

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I was pleasantly surprised to see beautiful paintings being created in front of a large crowd in just 20 minutes at a recent Art Battle Vancouver event.  Although I don’t see art as part of “competitive sports”, the event was exciting and the creative energy in the room was exuberant.


Striking a balance – paintings by Cy Twombly

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I like contemporary abstract art.  I must have seen hundreds if not thousands of abstract paintings both in person and online.  However, not that many paintings are simple yet colourful, provoking yet calm and chaotic yet balanced.  American painter Cy Twombly was able to consistently create many large-scale pieces with all these conflicting qualities through out his whole career.  Sometime I think I can doodle something that simple but I don’t think I can strike such a balance that evokes excitement.



Stunning Cabinet, Visually and Narratively

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I wasn’t keen about starting a blog until I came across a photo of this stunning piece, the Engineering Temporality cabinet by  Studio Markunpoika in Amsterdam. The cabinet is both visually beautiful and intriguing. The curiosity of how it was made led me to the story of why it was created. Once I learned the narrative behind the creation, I immediately developed a deep connection. This is my inspiration piece for the blog.

Engineering Temporality was Tuomas Markunpoika’s graduation project from Design Academy Eindhoven in Netherlands. Now, the whole collection includes a chair, a chandelier and table lamps. You can enjoy the story and his thesis behind the design and creation on his website.

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(Photos used with permission by Tuomas Markunpoika, owner of Studio Markunpoika)

Surprising Transformation – Wall Mural

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I usually have a strong preference for abstract art; however, when I saw a local mural artist transformed these walls at the corner of Granville and 12th, my heart skipped a beat as if I saw the peony petals coming alive vividly.  The mural was created by a local muralist, Stefano Piccone.