Spring gave Granville Island's visitors a fantastic chance to meet Patrick Sephani, internationally renowned Zimbabwean Master Carver. For 2 weeks Patrick was showcasing his incredible stone carving skills at the Ocean Art Pavillion.

Patrick Sephani working on his new opalstone sculpture

Being offered a rare glimpse at the contemporary Zimbabwean Sculpture Movement’s art, history and traditions, viewers enjoyed watching the artist make raw stone come to life using only hand tools.

Exploring the contemporary Zimbabwean Stone Movement

Patrick’s works are incredibly expressive of mood and emotion. He has the ability to make use of the natural and spiritual elements of stone to create his distinctive works of art.

To see more fantastic works of art by Patrick as well as hundreds of other talented Zimbabwean sculptors, visit the Ukama Gallery at 1802 Maritime Mews.

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Ukama welcomes Paul Ygartua to the roster of incredibly gifted artists on exhibition at our Granville Island gallery!


Creation and interpretation is Paul’s life. In painting he is at home in all mediums and his production is prodigious. Paul started his artistic career as a qualified gold and silversmith with a degree in design. Paul then turned to painting immediately after graduating from the Liverpool School of Art.

His painting styles include Realism, Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism and Abstract Surrealism. His continuous study and work on techniques and painting mediums are apparent throughout his vast body of work.

From his Heritage Series to his Celestialism (which shows the extent of his imagination–giving an insight to his more intimate work illustrating the workings of the mind and soul ) to his current Abstract Expressionism and Abstract Surrealism.

His most recent works provoke a response that is both physical and emotional. His application of colour and line enables Paul to capture the essence of the subject with a spontaneity unparalleled by many. His technique in colour is startling and impressive and his use of the pallet knife is bold and convincing. Paul’s monumental murals and domed ceiling have received international acclaim and the power of his achievement is appreciated and recognized by many collectors worldwide.

He is the creator of some of the most famous images in Canada such as his Heritage Series; which are instantly recognized by most Canadians and have been a part of the British Columbia identity for decades. He is also the architect of some of the largest murals in North America and Europe His paintings are in public and private collections worldwide and are treasured for their intrinsic and real value.


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3-Dimensional Art in A Multi-Dimensional World:

An Artist Talk with Karen Bagawaya

Saturday, December 16th, 2017, 3pm

This month, Ukama Gallery had the pleasure of hosting an intimate talk with Mixed Media Visual Artist Karen Bagayawa.

Attendees were taken through the eloquently woven tale that has led up to the mastery of Bagayawa’s incredibly unique and innovative tactile mixed media canvases.

Bagayawa began by describing the five years she spent in Japan early in her career and under the tutelage of three very important mentors; Printmaker Shegheki Tomura, Painter Eiichi Sugimura, and Painter & Printmaker Misashi Momose. From them, she learned to recognize the importance of patience and persistence when finding one’s artistic voice.

Notably, it was life-long printmaker Shigheki Tomoura who stressed to Bagayawa, “How can one make wonderful work if they are not mentally and physically well […] exercise and discipline are key to one's artistic practice and success.”

Bagayawa agrees, and is thankful to her mentors who “Enabled [her] to learn the importance of finding one’s genuine passions in making art.” The overarching commitment and dedication to craft throughout the country’s artistry was impactful to Bagayawa, who highlights a love for Hagiyaki ceramic work. Bagayawa elaborated on her affinity for Hagiyaki, “The beautiful pink and white glaze on ceramic pieces is caused by glazing the pieces over ninety times. Repetitive and beautiful. Honing their craft.”

Today, Bagayawa’s complex and layered panels speak volumes about artist’s exposure to Japanese traditions, just as they impressively emulate the colours and textures of the biologically diverse Northwest Coast Rainforest. Having found her studio and home Vancouver, British Columbia, Bagayawa continues to find inspiration through foraged treasures; soft mosses, skeletal branches, and the Pacific ocean…they all find their way into the artist’s stunning meditative work.

Through a culmination of weaving her own linen; layering, dying, cracking, and manipulating tile grout; and finally, following through a sequence of over 50 colour washes to her panels; a heavily saturated, living, and breathing Bagayawa work is born.

To learn more about the artist and her process, please ask a gallery attendant on your next visit as you tour the Karen Bagayawa collection.

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