artist biography

Episode 31: Talk about Abstracts

Talking all about abstraction with Paul Ygartua Today we talk all about abstracts. Ever wondered what is going on in an artist’s mind when he’s painting an abstract? or how they find inspiration? Ed is digging deep into Paul’s relationship to abstraction and we gain some really interesting insights.

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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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Episode 12: Jerusalem, 1979-1980

Canadian Artist, Paul Ygartua paints in Jerusalem for 6 months in the early 80s Today we’re off to Israel with Ed as he discusses with Paul and Joanne how Jerusalem was a true artistic and spiritual source of inspiration.  The people, the lively streets and fascinating neighbourhoods, the variety of religion and the complexity of…

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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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Episode 6: The Apollo Gallery, Vancouver 1970

British born artist Paul Ygartua begins his career in Vancouver at the Apollo gallery in 1970. We’re back in Vancouver during the winter of 1970, as Ed talks to Paul and Joanne about their first gallery opened with Joanne’s father William Davey in Kitsilano. The Apollo gallery was a success from the start and became…

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Episode 5: Back to Europe with Paul and Joanne in 1967

Paul and Joanne Ygartua set off for their first European adventure together. In this episode, Ed Hoskin chats with Paul and Joanne about their journey hitch-hiking through Europe in their early 20s, finding jobs in England, Spain and Germany, as well as Paul’s true beginnings making a living as an artist. As always, we hope…

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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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