Friday, March 3, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Peter Jurik


We're always wowed whenever we get to see artworks made by our clients, and pieces by Peter Jurik has always left us with deeply impressed.

Amy Winehouse, Peter Jurik

Born in Czechoslovakia, Peter moved over to Canada in 1968, and now resides in Vancouver. His sense of gripping realism and eye for detail is astounding, especially when it carries over a wide variety of subjects: automobiles, sailboats, wildlife, and portraiture.

The Stones, Peter Jurik

Our personal favorites are part of his Canadian wildlife collection, painted with watercolors. As watercolors are notoriously difficult to work with, it never ceases to amaze me how Jurik captures the depth of his subjects with such richness.

Couple, by Peter Jurik

You can buy some of Peter's work from his website here. We can't wait to see more from this incredible artist on his Canadiana subjects!

Victory, Peter Jurik


Would you like to be featured on our blog, or know an artist you'd like us to share? We'd love to get to know you and your thoughts! Leave your suggestions in the comments below!


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Fine Art Printing  At VancouverOnCanvas we offer fine art printing in a wide selection of paper styles. We also scan originals so that you can enjoy the beauty of their colors on each individual paper texture for years to come. Printed with archival inks, their brilliance is built to remain.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Open Call for Mural Artists!


Friendly Giants on Silo on Granville Island

From my travels from city to city, I have yet to happen across one that is as visually eclectic and colorful as Vancouver. I don't just mean the lush forests or the breathtaking mountains or the endless coast; but the splashes of illustrations on public building walls both old and new. No matter where you've traveled in this city, no doubt you would have come across them at some point - murals.

If you haven't been yet, Vancouver also hosts a Mural Festival every year, which is amazing! For artists who are interested in participating, they have already opened their call for 2017 right here: http://www.vancouvermuralfestival.com/

What are some of your guys' favourite murals from Vancouver? Let us know!

VancouverOnCanvas is a local printing, framing, fine arts and reproduction company. We also supply artist materials such as custom canvases, primed and unprimed, as well as stretcher bars, wood panels, etc. Check out our supply section today!

KeenArt Media Ltd. 604-421-8000 (KeenART)
www.VancouverOnCanvas.com
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday


Friday, February 17, 2017

Artist Spotlight: CocoBee

Art as true therapy...

Here at VancouverOnCanvas, most of the staff are artistic enthusiasts. Some of us have animated, others painted, some sketched, etc. As such, we are always looking for inspiration that really resounds with us, and when we came across CocoBee's work, we knew we had to share.

Abstract Dance Watercolors by CocoBee.


Whether you do art as a hobby or as a profession, there is no doubt the experience is resonating, and extremely reflective, deep. It's no surprise that art often implemented as a means of therapy, and CocoBee's pieces, through her videos and music, truly captures the process of both artistic and self exploration.

A unique Youtube star, she combines her colorful abstract painting videos with soothing instrumentals, and a poetic narration of her thoughts and feelings as she delves through the work. The result is a deeply personal and wholly vibrant connection - from her, to the piece, to us.

Here, a snippet of her work(ing)...





Fine Art PrintingInspired? At VancouverOnCanvas we offer fine art printing and framing in a wide selection of paper styles and frames. We also scan originals so that you can enjoy the beauty of their colors on each individual paper texture for years to come. Printed with archival inks, their brilliance is built to remain. To evoke that beautiful subtle watercolor texture, we recommend the Hahnemuhle German Etching. Simply sensuous!

Would you like to be featured on our blog, or know an artist you'd like us to share? We'd love to get to know you and your thoughts! Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

KeenArt Media Ltd. 604-421-8000 (KeenART)
www.VancouverOnCanvas.com
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

On this special day...




For those of you who have ordered some special thoughtful gifts from us for today, thank you letting us help make your day truly special. From all of us here at VancouverOnCanvas / KeenArt Media, we hope your day is filled with love and joy.




Check out our Ideas Gallery for that next big special day!
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www.VancouverOnCanvas.com
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday



Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Family Day




Happy Family Day everyone! Although it looks too cold to take a walk along English Bay, we hope you have a great time with all your friends and loved ones today!




Looking for a family photo to hang on that wall? Whether it's professionally photographed or a selfie from your cellphone camera, at VancouverOnCanvas we can print full, large size canvases of your favorite family photos. Visit here for more details!




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www.VancouverOnCanvas.com 
Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday 

Friday, February 10, 2017

New Sample Paper Pack is Out! ($29 + Shipping)


As fine artists and designers ourselves, we understand the need for papers that can display colors with accuracy and precision. We also understand that supplying sample sets with one particular image doesn't fully illustrate how that material will work with your image. Which is why are now ...

Introducing our new Sample Paper Packs, complete with 3 different types of images to help you better visualize how your print will look, printed on 14 different types of materials. We've even added a Granger Rainbow Chart, as well as RGB, CMYK and Grayscale swatches. The complete pack is now available at an introductory price of $29, + shipping and handling ($19).


Your pack will include the following paper types:

Fine Art
  • Fine Art - Hahnemuhle, Photo Rag 
  • Fine Art - Hahnemuhle, Textured German Etching 
  • Fine Art - Hahnemuhle, William Turner 
  • Fine Art - Hahnemuhle, Fine Art Baryta 
  • Fine Art - Moab - Entrada Rag Bright 
  • Fine Art - Moab - Entrada Rag Natural  
Photography
  • Photographic Paper - Metallic Paper 
  • Photographic Paper - Premium Luster 
  • Photographic Paper - Premium Glossy 
  • Photographic Paper - Premium Semigloss 
  • Coated Paper - Enhanced Matte
Synthetic Textiles
  • Fabric - Satin Cloth
  • Fabric Removable Adhesive - Peel n' Stick
  • Canvas
And a bonus: should your order of a sample pack result in a new print order of $99 and above, we'll reimburse the $19 shipping as credit towards your new order!




KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-888-533-6278 (KeenART)
www.VancouverOnCanvas.com 
Working Hours: Pacific Standard Time
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Spotlight: 3D Resining


A little patience goes a long way...

It's no surprise that resined art pieces garner all the love and attention that they get...their glossy coats glimmer as you pass, they're hardy and pristine like a knight in polished transparent armor, and their ability to saturate colors just them that extra WOW factor.

A canvas print coated with resin at our shop


But this effect comes at the cost of great time, delicacy and patience...due to the resin's thick liquid consistency and chemical make-up, it requires some time to fully dry (anywhere from an afternoon to several days, depending on the size of the image!), and the right environment to let it properly cure.

Which makes what Riusuke Fukahori does with his art pieces especially mindblowing.

 




At first glance these pieces look like real fishes that have been captured by resin. Upon further inspection, it's logical to assume that perhaps these are not real fish, but beautifully carved 3D fish that have had resin poured on top. ....Nope!



Using painstaking patience and incredible detail, Riusuke Fukahori paints each three-dimensional goldfish upon a slice of resin. Like microscopic slides, he paints what they would look like if sliced at that level, pours another layer of resin on top (and waits for it to cure!) before continuing with another layer of paint.

Watch his incredible process video here:





Looking to get something resined? Although we offer what Riusuke Fukahori does,  at VancouverOnCanvas we do offer resin as an add-on when for your canvas prints and mounted photo prints. We can add resin in 3 different sheets of coating:
  • 1 coating (1/16" thick)
  • 2 coatings (1/8" thick)
  • 3 coatings (1/4" thick)
You can check out our price calculator for resin here!

Looking to try the technique above? (Kudos to you!) We also sell resin in jugs, which you can pick up at our in-store location.


EX-74 UV Resistant Epoxy Polymer
EX-74 is an extremely clear, tough, high gloss surface coating formulated to produce a deep glass like appearance in a single layer on a sealed surface.

If you have any other ideas for using resin with your projects, let us know! We'd love to hear what you're up to. You can always reach us for at orders@keenartmedia.com to discuss your ideas, or head over to  to if you're all set to go. Happy resin-ing!


KeenArt Media Ltd. 604-421-8000 (KeenART)
www.VancouverOnCanvas.com
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Friday