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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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Cannes, 1979

Canadian Artist, Paul Ygartua Living and painting in Cannes, French Riviera In 1978, Paul and Joanne left Vancouver and embarked on another two year adventure.  This time, they would be living in Barcelona, Cannes, and Jerusalem. When they arrived back in Europe this time, they were thinking of starting a family and decided that they…

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Paul Ygartua, muralist

Canadian artist and muralist Paul Ygartua takes on the massive Expo 1986 United Nations Pavilion mural in Vancouver, BC Paul Ygartua, Canadian art, UN Pavilion mural, 1986 Expo In 1986, Paul Ygartua painted the “World United”, UN Pavilion Mural at the 1986 Expo in Vancouver. It was the International Year of Peace and the United…

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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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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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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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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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Nudes throughout the years

Looking at Paul’s nudes over 55 years Out of all the subject matters that Paul has painted over the last 55 years, there is probably none so fitting to use as an example of how diverse his styles have been, as the female nude.  As most art students do, Paul studied life drawing.  At the…

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The Beginnings – Part 2

The Story of Joanne On the opposite side of the world, in Canada, my mother Joanne, was born in Vancouver, to William and Jesse Georgina Davey. William, of British descent, was born in Vancouver. He grew up in one of the first Point Grey homes overlooking Spanish Banks and his father, owned one of the…

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