Artists Selected: Eva Eskelinen, Alex Joukov, Olivia Di Liberto, Pamela Pinard & Syd Danger, Satone (Germany)
VMF’s Lead Curator, Drew Young has been a part of the team since the festival’s inception. He is a respected muralist, painter, curator, and teacher. Currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia he studied at The Victoria College of Art and received his diploma in Illustration and Applied Arts (IDEA) at Capilano University. Young is an internationally exhibited painter with shows in LA (Thinkspace Gallery), SF (Gauntlet Gallery), Denver (Abend Gallery), Tokyo (Amp), London (Rook and Raven), NYC (Re:Form Projects), Bogota (Come Together) and featured by Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, Booooooom.com, Supersonicelectronic and BlueCanvas. Young is the youngest instructor for the Federation of Canadian Artists and also teaches Commercial Illustration at Langara College.
His painting accolades have brought him many curatorial and creative director opportunities in recent years. He’s acted as the Visual Arts curator for TedX Vancouver 2014/2015 as well as Curator/Coordinator for Snag — a weekly live-painting exhibition focused on illuminating Vancouver’s alternative arts culture. He currently acts as Curator and Artistic Director for the Vancouver Mural Festival as well as Visual Arts Director for Skookum Festival 2018.
Scott Sueme - VMF Graffiti Curator
Organization: Layout Art Studio
Artists Selected: Cool Combo One, Expel, Lunar, Slate, Uncle O
Scott Sueme is a Canadian artist raised and currently living in Vancouver, B.C. Since attending Emily Carr University in 2006, Sueme has been working as a painter and graphic artist. With his beginnings in graffiti subculture, Sueme has since ventured into design, painting and installation. In recent works, Scott Sueme explores a fundamental study in form, shape, and interactions of colour. The colour palette ranges from high contrast, to subtle neutral and off-white. The selection of these colours aims to capture the zeitgeist of our modern landscape - a fresh take on primary tones and in-between values. The result looks at a new association with colour, memory, and how we personally identify with them. Scott works on top of underpaintings that vary in complexity; forms are brought forward and then pushed back, creating equality between foreground and background. The simplicity of the compositions reflect a sense of ‘quiet’ that allows the viewer to observe the harmony in various marks, colour and composition. As the world becomes more developed, we begin to find satisfaction in wanting less. When we decide to tune out the noise we are left with the simple pleasures that bring us the joy that is often overlooked.
“This will be my second year working with VMF as a curator, I feel like Vancouver has always been a community oriented city when it comes to art. It’s great to see it manifesting through an organization like VMF where we can showcase that vibrant community in public space.”
Linnea Dick - 2019 Guest Curator
Nation(s): Kwakwaka'wakw, Nisga'a, and Tsimshian
Artists Selected: Siobhan Joseph (Squamish), KC Hall (Heiltsuk), Sonny Green (Kamilaroi, Australia), Medianeras (Argentina), Jeska Slater (Cree)
Linnea Dick is a social justice advocate, public speaker, writer and curator from the Kwakwaka’wakw, Nisga’a and Tsimshian nations. Having grown up around artists, namely her late father Beau Dick, she is largely inspired by the way artists challenge the way we perceive the world through spirituality, philanthropy and grassroots movements. In 2013, she became involved in Indigenous activism with a conviction to create social change and help heal the injustices faced by Indigenous people, and has since continued to make contributions to various projects through her storytelling and poetry. Linnea hopes to inspire others to find their own creative gifts, so that they can begin to heal themselves and the world around them.
“I grew up with an artist’s studio in my kitchen, so I learned a lot about how art can impact the way we see the world around us. Sometimes it seems we still see art as something that can be easily hung on the walls of your home, a gallery or a museum. I’m excited to be a part of VMF this year to challenge that thinking, and learn about how mural art can change the way people interact with the space around them and create a sense of community.”
Jeff Hamada - 2019 Guest Curator
Artists Selected: Pablo Zamudio, ONEQ (Japan), Kathy Ager, Sebastian Curi, Carmen Chan
Jeff Hamada is a Japanese Canadian artist living and working in Vancouver. In 2008, he created an arts and culture platform focused on emerging artists called Booooooom.com, which quickly became the largest of its kind in Canada. He’s passionate about helping young artists get to the next stage in their career, connecting emerging talent with galleries and global brands.
“When people talk about Vancouver they often say it’s a healthy city, and I think they’re usually referring to all the jogging, and the recycling and the yoga. Public art is kind of like a gauge for how healthy our city is from a creative culture standpoint—we still have a ways to go. The Vancouver Mural Festival has brought so much colour and character to the city, I’m excited to be a part of it this year.”
PAST GUEST CURATORS
Pennylane Shen - 2018 Guest Curator
Associated Organization: Dazed & Confucious Artist Consulting
Artists Selected: Sarah Khan, Michelle Nguyen, Bunnie Reiss (USA), Phantoms In The Front Yard, Jean Paul Langlois (Cree/Métis), Danielle Krysa (The Jealous Curator).
Pennylane Shen is an artist consultant, curator and educator. Since 2006, Dazed and Confucius has offered personalized consultations, group seminars and business development with regular seminars held worldwide. Pennylane personally assists and advises over 500 artists on a one-on-one basis each year.
Pennylane holds a Master’s Degree in Visual Culture Theory from New York University and has lectured at various forums throughout Canada, the US and the UK. Her publications discuss the politics of representation, race and fine art. At Langara College and Thrive Art Studio Pennylane is responsible for creating and instructing courses on fine art marketing and conceptual development. She has also represented University of the Arts London in the UK, preparing students for higher education in the arts.
For more than a decade, Pennylane has worked in commercial galleries such as the Bau-Xi Gallery, the longest standing commercial gallery in Canada. In her hometown of Vancouver, BC Pennylane is also a curator for the Vancouver Mural Festival.
Artists Selected: Zac George (Tsleil-Waututh) , Andre Salaz, Ronnie Dean Harris (Stō:lo/St’át'imc/Nlaka'pamux), Atheana Picha (Kwantlen), Jordan Gallie (Tsleil-Wauthuth)
Roxanne Charles of Semiahmoo First Nation is a cultural historian implying means of visual representation, oral history, and ceremony. Methods which have been utilized by Semiahma People for thousands of years. Roxanne holds two undergraduate degrees from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is currently completing her Master of Fine Arts at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Roxanne’s work directly responds to a troubling colonial present and documents a variety of issues that reflect her life experiences such as spirituality, identity, urbanization, food security, resource extraction, trauma, and various forms of systemic violence.