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Paul Ygartua: The Chemainus Mural

Paul Ygartua’s first mural, painted in 1983, Chemainus, BC In 1982, Paul and Joanne were doing a show at the Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver. Paul had his Native Faces there and a TV crew came up and asked to do an interview with him. Karl Schutz, the creator of the Chemainus Murals saw this…

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Episode 4: The Fateful Encounter, Vancouver 1966

Paul Ygartua meets the love of his life in Vancouver in 1966 and his art journey begins! Paul and Joanne join Ed to discuss how they met in Vancouver in 1966, how Joanne and her Father encouraged Paul to start painting and how he started selling his work in the street for the first time….

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Native Series-part 4-Chief Dan George

Here is the story of Canadian artist Paul Ygartua and the wonderful actor, writer, activist, Chief Dan George from North Vancouver. The Native ways and their beliefs were always a part of my life growing up in Canada. However, not every Canadian is as lucky as I was to have been introduced to their importance….

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Episode 1: Adventures in Liverpool and the Basque Country in the 1950s and 60s

Paul’s first trip to the Basque Country, 1950 Paul at the family farm in the Basque Country View from Amezagas Paul with donkey Mayo Join us in the first episode of Ygartua Art Chronicles as Ed and Paul discuss Paul’s early adventures, family roots, art studies during the 50s and 60s in Liverpool and the…

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Native Series-part 3-Hawaii

In the previous blog post, we ended in Barcelona.  I forgot to mention that Joanne was pregnant at the time and they had already travelled up and down the Mediterranean coast to find the perfect place to have their first baby and sell paintings.  That spot would be Cannes, in the south of France.  With…

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A Little Teaser

Just a little teaser of what is to come next week! Join us next week as Ed Hoskin interviews Paul Ygartua about his childhood in England and the Basque Country.

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The Native Series-part 2

Before I begin the next part of the Native series story, let me first say that everything I am writing about has been related to me by my mother, Joanne Ygartua. She has an incredible memory and I hope that I have inherited this from her and that one day I will be able to…

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Looking at Paul’s work over 55 years: The Native series-part 1

This is perhaps the story that I hold closest to my heart and the reason I decided to start this blog about my parents’ life’s work and their journey to follow their dream.  You see, every day as far back as I can remember, I would walk through the front door of our apartment on…

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