Josh Byer

Artist: Josh Byer

“These four pieces are urban daydreams – where inner-city neighborhoods are sustainable, nature-abundant, friendly places to live. The paintings are inspired by English Bay, a neighborhood on the western edge of downtown Vancouver.”

city_by_joshbyer-d89c71qCITY is earmarked for auction in Fall of 2015. Its market value has not yet been assessed. The painting is 24” X 36” and took 700 hours to complete.

I work from my home in Vancouver. My apartment is in a cul-de-sac which overlooks the treetops of Stanley Park. I paint all day on a leather couch while the crows yell at me. “Bread!” they scream. “Seeds!”

folk_by_joshbyer-d8cq77tFOLK is rendered in acrylic & ink on a 8” X 10” canvas. It carries a retail price of $850.

I began painting at one-and-a-half. That work wasn’t very good – poor composition, and the crayons used were not archival quality. After learning to walk, I continued to draw. Countless art schools followed. Some kicked me out. Some didn’t. Eventually, I moved west and gave up painting. Six years ago, my mom got cancer. On her deathbed, she left me with a piece of advice: “Don’t wait.”

mall_by_joshbyer-d8a93btMALL is a 9” X 12” acrylic & ink painting on paper. It’s also priced at $850.

Larger pieces are painted a single element at a time. Environments are shaped as they’re created. As a composition develops, I begin to search for a narrative in the artwork. Who are these people? Why am I painting them? What are they doing? As the painting becomes more intricate, so does the narrative – until the people become individuals, reacting to themselves and one another, existing in a place as real to them as our environment is to us.

strathcona_no_2_by_joshbyer-d7wrnusSTRATHCONA No. 2 is part of a private collection. It is not available for purchase.

I’m currently at work on a series of 24” X 36” illustrated poems. They are inspired by the illuminated manuscripts of medieval Europe.

My marketing strategy is to create ever-larger and more intricate artworks, until the ghost of da Vinci awakens to curse my name in vain.

You will find more signed prints and original work by Josh Byer at

Great Big Canvas offers a variety of enormous prints and wall peels:

Twitter: @VancityJoshB
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