Hello Kitty Desire
Hello Kitty Desire

Acrylic, 24x24 inches, 2019

$1,270

Hello Kitty has to be one of the best-know cartoon characters in the world, with enormous appeal to children. I spotted this pack of branded candy at a local store, and it is a clear illustration of how candy & other junk good is marketed to kids,

White Rabbit
White Rabbit

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2019

$2,850

Ask a Chinese-Canadian for their favourite candy, and there is a good chance it'll be White Rabbit. It has been a national icon since the 1940's and for example, was given by Premier Zhou Enlai to Richard Nixon during his famous 1972 visit to China.

Cool Ranch
Cool Ranch

Acrylic, 24x30 inches, 2019

$1,600

Cool Ranch is a flavoured tortilla chip made by US firm Frito Lay & originating in 1986. They've been popular for a long time, and apparently branded as "Cool American" in parts of Europe....

Mackintosh's Toffee
Mackintosh's Toffee

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2019

$2,850

Love this Scottish-Canadian combo! Canadians have been indulging in this toffee since 1890. Originally sold as hard slab, it required with breaking up, hence the the famous catchphrase ."Smack Your Mack". The current Nestlé version is a little softer, I still watch my fillings...

Four Caramel Wafers
Four Caramel Wafers

Acrylic, 40x30 inches, 2019

$2,650

This depicts four caramel wafers, made by Scottish snack royalty Tunnock's. Each one is made up of 5 layers of wafer, 4 layers of caramel and coated in chocolate. You would typically have it with your afternoon tea/coffee and I must admit I do have a weakness for them...

Lucky Candy
Lucky Candy

Acrylic, 24x24 inches, 2019

$1,270

Lucky Candy (利是糖) is given away during Lunar New Year to wish people luck & prosperity. Not sure on the history of these, but round here, they are all strawberry-flavoured with red wrappers.

No Name All Dressed
No Name All Dressed

Acrylic, 40x30 inches, 2019

$2,650

Far from being "simple", most folks reaction is "WTF kind of chips are these?" This crazy barbecue/ ketchup/ salt & vinegar combo is particular to Canada, and yes, very addictive. Doubling-down on the Canadiana, I had to depict the "No Name" generic Canadian (non) brand variety.

Hickory Sticks
Hickory Sticks

Acrylic, 48x324 inches, 2019

$2,600

These days, you'll find these skinny, simulated hickory-smoke flavour potato chips on the unloved lower shelves of your local corner store. They are the last major product from Hostess, formerly Canada's #1 potato chip brand, now a local Frito-Lay sub-something…

Teacake
Teacake

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2018

$2,850

This depicts a Tunnock's teacake, a chocolate-covered mallow, wrapped in tinfoil. It is much-loved in Scotland, but the kind of thing I scorned when I actually lived there. Now living in Canada, I have to admit a nostalgic weakness for them.…

Kimchi Noodle Soup
Kimchi Noodle Soup

Acrylic, 30x30 inches, 2018

$1,980

This depicts Korea's favourite noodle soup (shin ramyun) and what's not to love? Crazy colours, variable boundaries, printed & actual reflections, cartoon characters, multiple languages, and all made in the USA.

Back in 2010
Back in 2010

Acrylic, 18x36 inches, 2019

$1,425

I have driven by Hillside Motel​ sign over the years. it stands on Starbird Hill by I-5 south of Mt Vernon & the motel was leveled long ago, but the sign would state hopefully "BACK IN 2010".

Maybe the Motel will return one day Until then, the sign abides.

Magee Grocery
Magee Grocery

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2019

$2850

I was past the site of this sign the other day, and it now seems like a distant memory. The sign graced a longstanding Kerrisdale grocery store that was demolished in 2017 to make way for condo development, which is now largely finished.

Ovaltine
Ovaltine

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2019

$2,850

The neon sign above the Ovaltine Cafe on East Hastings is among the best surviving example of mid-Century signage in Vancouver. Opened in 1942, it has resolutely resisted gentrification over the years and been used for numerous screen productions, including The The X-Files and Supernatural.

Hungry?
Hungry?

Acrylic, 30x40 inches, 2018

$2,650

This depicts the classic neon sign above Hungry Herbies Drive-in diner on HWY 97 in Cache Creek, British Columbia, home of the famous monster burger. Cache Creek is a village a few hours northeast of Vancouver & is a welcome break on any drive up north.

Mike's News
Mike's News

Acrylic, 30"x40", 2018

$2,650

The Edmonton neon museum includes this famous sign that used to hang above Mike’s News Stand, which operated for 70 years on Jasper Ave. Back in the day, it was apparently the place to go to hear the local gossip, the latest sports scores and the exploits of bush pilots who gathered there.

Hi Lite
Hi Lite

Acrylic, 24x48 inches, 2017

$2,600

This depicts the sign above the Hi-Lite restaurant in downtown Castlegar, BC. This has been a downtown landmark, and includes a functioning juke box that patrons can play from their table.

Such restaurants have been a quintessential small-town Canadian institution for 150 years, reflecting early patterns of Chinese immigration, serving both Chinese & western food at a time when they were perhaps the only restaurant in town.

Astoria
Astoria

Acrylic, 72x48 inches, 2017

$6,000

This depicts the well-loved neon sign attached to the Astoria Hastings in Strathcona. The Astoria started life as an apartment building, built in 1912 & converted into a hotel in 1950. Today the hotel is a single-room occupancy rental.

Trash Renaissance
Trash Renaissance

Acrylic, 24x48 inches, 2019

$2,600

I rather like the brightly coloured dumpsters that grace the alleys of the Downtown Eastside. To my mind, hey hide in plain sight; simultaneously the most striking thing in an alleyway and invisible to the casual observer.

Wild Rose
Wild Rose

Acrylic, 40x30 inches, 2019

$2,650

This depicts one of these phantom murals from a bygone that grace the walls of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. This one is in an alley at the edge of Chinatown, and the only info about Wild Rose Flour on the web relates to this mural, which has been here since at least 1970 & partially painted over recently

Copy of Back of Wes
Copy of Back of Wes

Acrylic, 72x18 inches, 2018

$2,850

This piece depicts the view down the alley at the back of the West Hotel towards the old BC Electric Railway Building on Carrall St. I was intrigued by the long composition and the sculptural element of the fire escapes.

Commercial Lane
Commercial Lane

Acrylic, 72x48 inches, 2018

Hambleton Galleries

This piece depicts the view looking westward from Abbott St in Gastown, along the alley between East Hastings & Pender. It features the remarkable utility pole & platform arrays typical of the area.

One Ninety Five
One Ninety Five

Acrylic, 48x72 inches, 2018

$6,000

This depicts a beautiful winter sunrise over the warehouse/office block down the street at 195 Alexander Street in Gastown. Love those low-angle red sunrises, when we get 'em :)

Two Tugs
Two Tugs

Acrylic, 48x48 inches, 2017

$4,500

I like living next to a working harbour & enjoy seeing the tugs moored by Crab Park in the Tymac Launch jetty. It is fun to watch their reflections of the early morning light in the water.

The Cambie
The Cambie

Acrylic, 72x48 inches, Jeff Wilson, 2016

$6,000

This depicts the back of the Cambie Hotel, in Gastown. I have walked through this alleyway many times and always been interested by the utilitarian beauty of this view.

Beaver Lumber
Beaver Lumber

Acrylic, 30x40 inches, 2019

$2,650

Robsart is a ghost town south on the Red Coat Trail in SW Saskatchewan. Initially prosperous, it has suffered a long decline since the 1930's. While there are a few residents left, the Main street is largely lined with abandoned houses & storefronts, like Beaver Lumber.

Well Shed
Well Shed

Acrylic, 30x40 inches, 2019

$2,650

Aside from a seasonal lakes, there is often little surface water in the prairie benchlands, and many farms rely on boreholes for water. You can recognize them from the shed & power-line. This one is just south of Eastend, Saskatchewan.

Conway's
Conway's

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2019

$2,650

Funky family diners are a fixture in small-town Canada, and I was really struck by this place in downtown Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, that retains a loyal local following.

Climax Elevator
Climax Elevator

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2019

$2,850

The grain elevator is indeed an iconic part of the prairie landscape. This spectacular example of a grain elevator is located on the tracks in Climax, Saskatchewan, last stop before the US border on Highway 37.

Frenchman River Valley
Frenchman River Valley

Acrylic, 24x72 inches, 2018

$3,800

This depicts a view across the Frenchman River between Eastend and Ravenscrag in SW Saskatchewan. The valley is a glacial feature, characterised by steep ravines and coulees in the layered hills.

North to Cypress
North to Cypress

Acrylic, 48x48 inches, 2018

$4,500

The badlands bordering the Frenchman River give way to flat benches. The shear sense of scale on the benches can be overwhelming, where you can see up to 20 km without difficulty. This depicts Highway 21, looking north to the Cypress Hills.

Robsart Hay Bale
Robsart Hay Bale

Acrylic, 24x24 inches, 2018

$1,270

You see hay bales across the fields on a benches above the Frenchman River, and they provide a useful sense of distance in the sometimes featureless fields. The snow draped over top displays the most intense blue-purple magenta shades you will ever see.

Alan Dumontel
Alan Dumontel

Acrylic, 30x30 inches, 2018

$1,980

Alan struck me as both a symbol of continuity and change. He is a third generation rancher with acreage W of Claydon SK. Now retired, he helps out on the nearby Old Man on His Back Nature Reserve, which reintroduces prairie grasses and wildlife.

Below Ravenscrag
Below Ravenscrag

Acrylic, 24x24 inches, 2018

$1,270

"Saskatchewan: not as flat as you think". This piece depicts the view across the Frenchman River Valley downstream of Ravenscrag, Saskatchewan, below the butte of the same name.

South of Cadillac
South of Cadillac

Acrylic, 18x72 inches, 2018

$2,850

There is something incredibly poignant about the abandoned prairie homesteads, standing in testament to trials of times past. This is accentuated when set against the vast prairie landscape. This particular one is located just off Highway 4 south of Cadillac, Saskatchewan

Scotsguard Truck
Scotsguard Truck

Acrylic, 30x40 inches, 2018

$2,650

This 1940's Ford flatbed is now parked in downtown Scotsguard, SK. Founded in 1913 in response to the CPR, Scotsguard earning it the moniker "Little Chicago" during the Prohibition years. Times have changed and the village now comprises three residents and a few lovingly preserved buildings.

Sorrel
Sorrel

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2018

$2,850

This depicts a sorrel quarter horse on the Middle Bench above Eastend, Saskatchewan. Working Quarter horses like this one are an enduring legacy of ranching history in the Frenchman Valley, which saw cattle roundups of cattle from Canada & the US until about 1910

Frenchman River Valley
Frenchman River Valley

Acrylic, 30x40 inches, 2018

$2,650

This depicts a view of sunset over the Frenchman River in Eastend, SK. The river is typically quiet, but a dam was built upstream to control flow after streets were swamped by flood water in 1952.

Scotty
Scotty

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2017

$2,850

Scotty is one of the most complete T-Rex skeletons ever found and is housed in the remarkable T-Rex Discovery Centre, built from some $2M raised by the local people & businesses. A testament to local pride & determination.

Hello Kitty Desire
White Rabbit
Cool Ranch
Mackintosh's Toffee
Four Caramel Wafers
Lucky Candy
No Name All Dressed
Hickory Sticks
Teacake
Kimchi Noodle Soup
Back in 2010
Magee Grocery
Ovaltine
Hungry?
Mike's News
Hi Lite
Astoria
Trash Renaissance
Wild Rose
Copy of Back of Wes
Commercial Lane
One Ninety Five
Two Tugs
The Cambie
Beaver Lumber
Well Shed
Conway's
Climax Elevator
Frenchman River Valley
North to Cypress
Robsart Hay Bale
Alan Dumontel
Below Ravenscrag
South of Cadillac
Scotsguard Truck
Sorrel
Frenchman River Valley
Scotty
Hello Kitty Desire

Acrylic, 24x24 inches, 2019

$1,270

Hello Kitty has to be one of the best-know cartoon characters in the world, with enormous appeal to children. I spotted this pack of branded candy at a local store, and it is a clear illustration of how candy & other junk good is marketed to kids,

White Rabbit

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2019

$2,850

Ask a Chinese-Canadian for their favourite candy, and there is a good chance it'll be White Rabbit. It has been a national icon since the 1940's and for example, was given by Premier Zhou Enlai to Richard Nixon during his famous 1972 visit to China.

Cool Ranch

Acrylic, 24x30 inches, 2019

$1,600

Cool Ranch is a flavoured tortilla chip made by US firm Frito Lay & originating in 1986. They've been popular for a long time, and apparently branded as "Cool American" in parts of Europe....

Mackintosh's Toffee

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2019

$2,850

Love this Scottish-Canadian combo! Canadians have been indulging in this toffee since 1890. Originally sold as hard slab, it required with breaking up, hence the the famous catchphrase ."Smack Your Mack". The current Nestlé version is a little softer, I still watch my fillings...

Four Caramel Wafers

Acrylic, 40x30 inches, 2019

$2,650

This depicts four caramel wafers, made by Scottish snack royalty Tunnock's. Each one is made up of 5 layers of wafer, 4 layers of caramel and coated in chocolate. You would typically have it with your afternoon tea/coffee and I must admit I do have a weakness for them...

Lucky Candy

Acrylic, 24x24 inches, 2019

$1,270

Lucky Candy (利是糖) is given away during Lunar New Year to wish people luck & prosperity. Not sure on the history of these, but round here, they are all strawberry-flavoured with red wrappers.

No Name All Dressed

Acrylic, 40x30 inches, 2019

$2,650

Far from being "simple", most folks reaction is "WTF kind of chips are these?" This crazy barbecue/ ketchup/ salt & vinegar combo is particular to Canada, and yes, very addictive. Doubling-down on the Canadiana, I had to depict the "No Name" generic Canadian (non) brand variety.

Hickory Sticks

Acrylic, 48x324 inches, 2019

$2,600

These days, you'll find these skinny, simulated hickory-smoke flavour potato chips on the unloved lower shelves of your local corner store. They are the last major product from Hostess, formerly Canada's #1 potato chip brand, now a local Frito-Lay sub-something…

Teacake

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2018

$2,850

This depicts a Tunnock's teacake, a chocolate-covered mallow, wrapped in tinfoil. It is much-loved in Scotland, but the kind of thing I scorned when I actually lived there. Now living in Canada, I have to admit a nostalgic weakness for them.…

Kimchi Noodle Soup

Acrylic, 30x30 inches, 2018

$1,980

This depicts Korea's favourite noodle soup (shin ramyun) and what's not to love? Crazy colours, variable boundaries, printed & actual reflections, cartoon characters, multiple languages, and all made in the USA.

Back in 2010

Acrylic, 18x36 inches, 2019

$1,425

I have driven by Hillside Motel​ sign over the years. it stands on Starbird Hill by I-5 south of Mt Vernon & the motel was leveled long ago, but the sign would state hopefully "BACK IN 2010".

Maybe the Motel will return one day Until then, the sign abides.

Magee Grocery

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2019

$2850

I was past the site of this sign the other day, and it now seems like a distant memory. The sign graced a longstanding Kerrisdale grocery store that was demolished in 2017 to make way for condo development, which is now largely finished.

Ovaltine

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2019

$2,850

The neon sign above the Ovaltine Cafe on East Hastings is among the best surviving example of mid-Century signage in Vancouver. Opened in 1942, it has resolutely resisted gentrification over the years and been used for numerous screen productions, including The The X-Files and Supernatural.

Hungry?

Acrylic, 30x40 inches, 2018

$2,650

This depicts the classic neon sign above Hungry Herbies Drive-in diner on HWY 97 in Cache Creek, British Columbia, home of the famous monster burger. Cache Creek is a village a few hours northeast of Vancouver & is a welcome break on any drive up north.

Mike's News

Acrylic, 30"x40", 2018

$2,650

The Edmonton neon museum includes this famous sign that used to hang above Mike’s News Stand, which operated for 70 years on Jasper Ave. Back in the day, it was apparently the place to go to hear the local gossip, the latest sports scores and the exploits of bush pilots who gathered there.

Hi Lite

Acrylic, 24x48 inches, 2017

$2,600

This depicts the sign above the Hi-Lite restaurant in downtown Castlegar, BC. This has been a downtown landmark, and includes a functioning juke box that patrons can play from their table.

Such restaurants have been a quintessential small-town Canadian institution for 150 years, reflecting early patterns of Chinese immigration, serving both Chinese & western food at a time when they were perhaps the only restaurant in town.

Astoria

Acrylic, 72x48 inches, 2017

$6,000

This depicts the well-loved neon sign attached to the Astoria Hastings in Strathcona. The Astoria started life as an apartment building, built in 1912 & converted into a hotel in 1950. Today the hotel is a single-room occupancy rental.

Trash Renaissance

Acrylic, 24x48 inches, 2019

$2,600

I rather like the brightly coloured dumpsters that grace the alleys of the Downtown Eastside. To my mind, hey hide in plain sight; simultaneously the most striking thing in an alleyway and invisible to the casual observer.

Wild Rose

Acrylic, 40x30 inches, 2019

$2,650

This depicts one of these phantom murals from a bygone that grace the walls of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. This one is in an alley at the edge of Chinatown, and the only info about Wild Rose Flour on the web relates to this mural, which has been here since at least 1970 & partially painted over recently

Copy of Back of Wes

Acrylic, 72x18 inches, 2018

$2,850

This piece depicts the view down the alley at the back of the West Hotel towards the old BC Electric Railway Building on Carrall St. I was intrigued by the long composition and the sculptural element of the fire escapes.

Commercial Lane

Acrylic, 72x48 inches, 2018

Hambleton Galleries

This piece depicts the view looking westward from Abbott St in Gastown, along the alley between East Hastings & Pender. It features the remarkable utility pole & platform arrays typical of the area.

One Ninety Five

Acrylic, 48x72 inches, 2018

$6,000

This depicts a beautiful winter sunrise over the warehouse/office block down the street at 195 Alexander Street in Gastown. Love those low-angle red sunrises, when we get 'em :)

Two Tugs

Acrylic, 48x48 inches, 2017

$4,500

I like living next to a working harbour & enjoy seeing the tugs moored by Crab Park in the Tymac Launch jetty. It is fun to watch their reflections of the early morning light in the water.

The Cambie

Acrylic, 72x48 inches, Jeff Wilson, 2016

$6,000

This depicts the back of the Cambie Hotel, in Gastown. I have walked through this alleyway many times and always been interested by the utilitarian beauty of this view.

Beaver Lumber

Acrylic, 30x40 inches, 2019

$2,650

Robsart is a ghost town south on the Red Coat Trail in SW Saskatchewan. Initially prosperous, it has suffered a long decline since the 1930's. While there are a few residents left, the Main street is largely lined with abandoned houses & storefronts, like Beaver Lumber.

Well Shed

Acrylic, 30x40 inches, 2019

$2,650

Aside from a seasonal lakes, there is often little surface water in the prairie benchlands, and many farms rely on boreholes for water. You can recognize them from the shed & power-line. This one is just south of Eastend, Saskatchewan.

Conway's

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2019

$2,650

Funky family diners are a fixture in small-town Canada, and I was really struck by this place in downtown Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, that retains a loyal local following.

Climax Elevator

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2019

$2,850

The grain elevator is indeed an iconic part of the prairie landscape. This spectacular example of a grain elevator is located on the tracks in Climax, Saskatchewan, last stop before the US border on Highway 37.

Frenchman River Valley

Acrylic, 24x72 inches, 2018

$3,800

This depicts a view across the Frenchman River between Eastend and Ravenscrag in SW Saskatchewan. The valley is a glacial feature, characterised by steep ravines and coulees in the layered hills.

North to Cypress

Acrylic, 48x48 inches, 2018

$4,500

The badlands bordering the Frenchman River give way to flat benches. The shear sense of scale on the benches can be overwhelming, where you can see up to 20 km without difficulty. This depicts Highway 21, looking north to the Cypress Hills.

Robsart Hay Bale

Acrylic, 24x24 inches, 2018

$1,270

You see hay bales across the fields on a benches above the Frenchman River, and they provide a useful sense of distance in the sometimes featureless fields. The snow draped over top displays the most intense blue-purple magenta shades you will ever see.

Alan Dumontel

Acrylic, 30x30 inches, 2018

$1,980

Alan struck me as both a symbol of continuity and change. He is a third generation rancher with acreage W of Claydon SK. Now retired, he helps out on the nearby Old Man on His Back Nature Reserve, which reintroduces prairie grasses and wildlife.

Below Ravenscrag

Acrylic, 24x24 inches, 2018

$1,270

"Saskatchewan: not as flat as you think". This piece depicts the view across the Frenchman River Valley downstream of Ravenscrag, Saskatchewan, below the butte of the same name.

South of Cadillac

Acrylic, 18x72 inches, 2018

$2,850

There is something incredibly poignant about the abandoned prairie homesteads, standing in testament to trials of times past. This is accentuated when set against the vast prairie landscape. This particular one is located just off Highway 4 south of Cadillac, Saskatchewan

Scotsguard Truck

Acrylic, 30x40 inches, 2018

$2,650

This 1940's Ford flatbed is now parked in downtown Scotsguard, SK. Founded in 1913 in response to the CPR, Scotsguard earning it the moniker "Little Chicago" during the Prohibition years. Times have changed and the village now comprises three residents and a few lovingly preserved buildings.

Sorrel

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2018

$2,850

This depicts a sorrel quarter horse on the Middle Bench above Eastend, Saskatchewan. Working Quarter horses like this one are an enduring legacy of ranching history in the Frenchman Valley, which saw cattle roundups of cattle from Canada & the US until about 1910

Frenchman River Valley

Acrylic, 30x40 inches, 2018

$2,650

This depicts a view of sunset over the Frenchman River in Eastend, SK. The river is typically quiet, but a dam was built upstream to control flow after streets were swamped by flood water in 1952.

Scotty

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2017

$2,850

Scotty is one of the most complete T-Rex skeletons ever found and is housed in the remarkable T-Rex Discovery Centre, built from some $2M raised by the local people & businesses. A testament to local pride & determination.

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