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The Mogul 2-6-0

The Mogul 2-6-0

This print was created for a linocut printing demonstration at TRAINS 2017, Nov. 11-12 at the PNE Forum. Gary Sim’s interest in railways comes in part from his work on BC RAIL Rock Gangs, which he wrote about in 2013 in his book Railway Rock Gang. See for further information on Sim’s prints, publications, and events. Continue Reading…


Art Post Cards Collected by Lucie Lambert During Her World Travels

Art reproductions on post cards caught my idea as I left the great museums I was visiting on my travels. Over the years they became my imaginary collection of artworks, drawn from every era and culture and showing every technique and style in human history, from the Lascaux cave paintings to our own contemporaries. However, a collection of this kind quickly becomes a disorganized mass of treasures sleeping unseen in boxes and files, so it is a pleasure to single out some special ones for publication. Continue Reading…


A Stop by Gerard Brender à Brandis’s Home Studio

I visited Stratford, Ontario a few weeks back to take in a new adaptation of the Henriad called The Breath of Kings being presented at the Festival. In between plays, I chanced by Gerard Brender à Brandis’ studio located in his beautifully restored Greek Revival Saltbox cottage near the town’s main street.

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Collecting book matches

Truly an integral part of the “Good Old Days,” book matches are so bright and cheerful, and so full of memories, that everyone saved them. I wonder how many collections are out there, and what memories they would bring back if we could see some of them. Continue Reading…


Vancouver artists photographed by Yukiko Onley

Working quietly away over the years, Yukiko Onley has amassed a large collection of photographs of Vancouver’s artists from all disciplines. Because Yukiko is herself a world-class portrait photographer, these photographs are well worth looking at, so a small number of them are reproduced here. Yukiko took up photography while living with her husband, Toni Onley. After his untimely death she became a professional photographer and turned out to be particularly good with people and children. Continue Reading…


Australian Aboriginal Art

The native art of Australian aboriginals consists mainly of paintings on tree bark that has preserved incredibly well. The discovery of this art-form electrified the anthropology world, but the art world in general was stunned by its brilliance as well. Consisting mainly of the myths that surround the beasts who created the world, it’s the stylish rendition on bark that haunts us, even though we don’t understand the content. Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, these works-of-art will stand on their own for all time. Continue Reading…

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Arthur Erickson on Architecture

Arthur Erickson was a brilliant architect, and now we find that it was his advanced intellect that enabled him to rise to the heights of accomplishment. Terry Berger selected these quotations from his writings, and I designed a book of show them to the world, but it never was published, so here are a few of them, along with some photographs of his work. Continue Reading…


The Sunday Coloured Comics

The great weekly thrill of the 1930s and 40s was the coloured comics section of the weekend paper, with the unfolding of the never-ending adventures of the larger-than-life characters that inhabited them, and who became staples of our common culture. Continue Reading…


The crumbling of the modern

I have come to spend most of my professional life thinking about the digital, which has the tendency to allow me to generally not think too much about the physicality of things. This is of course a short sighted thing to do — all things are decaying moment by moment, and the illusion that the digital doesn’t degrade is simply because we don’t look closely at the physical objects that comprise it. Continue Reading…

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George A. Walker in Vancouver

A word or two from Canada’s master of the wordless? Get ready, book arts enthusiasts: George A. Walker – wood-engraver, graphic novelist, Neil Gaiman collaborator, wordless biographer of Conrad Black, Alcuin Society Book Design Award winner – will be giving a free public talk in Vancouver at the SFU Harbour Centre, Fletcher Challenge Theatre (515 West Hastings).

Likely the only opportunity for most book arts enthusiasts to see his limited edition private press books on Leonard Cohen and Pierre Trudeau up close, he will also be bringing trade editions published by Porcupine’s Quill for sale and signing post-talk. Continue Reading…