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Episode 22: The Cannes Film Festival and the Harley Davidson

Paul Ygartua: the Cannes Film Festival and the Harley Davidson We’re back to the South of France today, talking about the Cannes Film Festival and Paul’s encounter with the Harley Davidson community there which led to him painting his super realistic Harley Davidson series. You’ll be surprised at how long it took him to paint…

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Episode 21: Living in Cannes, 1990

Paul Ygartua’s life in Cannes in the 90s Sit back and relax as we head to the French Riviera. In today’s episode, Ed talks with Joanne and Paul all about their life in Cannes. They would spend the next 8 years going back and forth between the South of France and Vancouver, spending one year…

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Episode 20: Revisiting Chemainus, 1989

The physical risks and challenges of being an artist Welcome back to Ygartua Art Chronicles after our long summer break! Our host Ed is back today with Paul and Joanne to discuss the plexiglass style in more detail, their next year long trip to France, as well as an unfortunate accident in Chemainus that could…

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Episode 19: A New Style in Québec City, 1987

Vancouver artist, Paul Ygartua, develops his own unique style on plexiglass in Québec City in 1987 We head 4000 km East today, as Paul, Joanne and kiddoes settle down in chilly but beautiful Québec city. With our fantastic host Ed, we find out all about life in this part of Canada and Paul’s new and…

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Episode 18: Expo 86, Part II

Paul Ygartua talks about painting the Expo 86 mural in Vancouver BC Join Ed today for Part 2 of the Expo 86 mural in Vancouver, as he chats with Paul and Joanne all about the technical and artistic challenges involved in painting a mural of this scale as well as the media attention that resulted…

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Episode 17: Expo 86, A World United

“A World United” Expo 86 mural by Canadian artist Paul Ygartua Hard work, perseverance, unwavering optimism, relentless confidence and a series of fortunate events… is what it took to bring about the Expo 86 “A World United” mural. Join Ed today as he chats with Paul and Joanne about Vancouver’s Expo 86 as well as…

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Episode 16: Life in the Basque Country and Sitges, 1985

Paul and Joanne Ygartua’s year in the Basque Country, 1985 This week, Ed is travelling back to Spain once again with Paul and Joanne. But this time it’s with kids in tow and the goal is to fully immerse themselves in the Basque culture. They discuss the customs, the fiestas, the family, the beautiful beaches,…

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Episode 15: Rio de Janeiro, 1984

Living and painting in Rio de Janeiro The Copacabana, the Carnival, the Amazon Natives, Pele, the favellas… Rio de Janeiro was filled with colour and inspiration. Join Paul, Joanne and Ed today as they discuss the excitement of life in Rio in the mid 80s and how Paul’s work was influenced by this new experience.

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Verse and Illustration 1986

A book of poetry by William Davey, illustrated by Paul Ygartua William Davey, 1950, photograph taken by William Davey William Davey, Paul’s father in law and life long patron of the arts, was an entrepreneur, a photographer, and a poet.  He wrote these poems and asked Paul to illustrate the book for the World Expo…

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Episode 14: Chemainus mural, 1983

Paul Ygartua, muralist: Chemainus, 1983 Paul painted his first large mural in the little town of Chemainus on Vancouver Island in 1983, at age 38. He was fearless when he approached this gigantic wall that measured 15.4 metres long by 5.2 metres high. During this episode Ed talks to Paul about painting on such a…

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