Serendipity has a marvelous way of introducing the extraordinary into our everyday activities.
Early December, after a quick stop at our local grocery store, Don and I chose a different route to walk home. At the entrance to a parkade that divided the sidewalk, we were delayed because of cars blocking our path, waiting for the opportunity to merge into traffic.
This slight pause in our walk was the catalyst. I peered into the parking lot opening and spotted paint, colour, and mural artists creating the most amazing art. Meeting artists and seeing art evolve deepens the visual and emotional experience. Every day, we stopped by to see the progress and celebrate how creative endeavour transforms a space and welcomes conversation.
Our gratitude to Arthur Maslard a.k.a. Ratur and Col Urrutia for connecting art with community, bringing mural art to where we work, play, and live.
Arthur Maslard a.k.a. Ratur is a French artist born in Le Havre, France, currently based in Vancouver. He grew up with a strong connection to nature and began channelling his creativity through drawing and graffiti from an early age. Ratur eventually trained in graphic design before turning his focus to canvas and murals. His work often depicts bodies staged in dramatic poses, humans faced with a nature in ruin, mythical figures, and symbols of perpetual rebirth.
Col Urrutia is a Vancouver based artist and instructor. He studied at the Barcelona Academy of Art and in various ateliers throughout the US, where he developed a rich understanding of traditional and contemporary art approaches. He has exhibited in galleries and festivals around the world. In addition to creating art, Col Urrutia also teaches classes on painting, drawing, and mural techniques. He is a highly sought-after instructor due to his unique style and ability to communicate complex ideas in simple terms.