Edifice: Exploring Art, Archives and Architecture at the City of Vancouver Archives Gallery

Taking place at the newly refurbished City of Vancouver Archives Gallery from June 2-August 26, 2010, this exhibition presents ten new paintings of downtown Vancouver buildings done in realist style by Graham Winter, alongside a decidedly modern video wall of digitized archival photos and records of the buildings and the period in which they were built. In doing so, City of Vancouver Archives offers a richness of historical context to the paintings, which in turn offer their own chronicle of the city today.


The exhibition, which is the first of its kind in Vancouver, is designed as a multi-faceted exploration of the early- to mid-20th-century downtown Vancouver buildings that represent the “modern” of the artist’s childhood and are now the subject of his latest series of realist paintings.


“Graham Winter’s work brings a unique perspective to documenting the City’s heritage”, says Leslie Mobbs, City Archivist. “Exhibiting this series of paintings in our gallery is an opportunity to bring new visitors to the City Archives, introducing them to a little known but fascinating world – the world of archives – waiting to be discovered by the broader community.” 


The City of Vancouver Archives Gallery is located at 1150 Chestnut Street in Vanier Park, and is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.


For more information, please visit www.vancouver.ca/archives