Friday, September 27, 2019

LE PETIT DEP  - Montréal | 30 x 30 | Oil on canvas | 2018
























LE PETIT DEP
179 Saint-Paul Street O, Montréal, Quebec 
30” X 30”
Oil on canvas
Available at The Kurbatoff Gallery
2435 Granville Street
Vancouver
HO HO CHOP SUEY | 48" X 24" | Oil on canvas | 2019
























HO-HO CHOP SUEY
36” X 36”
Oil on canvas
Available at The Kurbatoff Gallery
2435 Granville Street
Vancouver 


The Ho Ho Restaurant, formerly at 100 East Pender Street, Vancouver, opened in 1954, was owned and operated by the Quon family; since the late 1990s it has operated under different ownership. The eatery represented one of the numerous restaurants and curio shops that opened in Chinatown after World War II to cater to non-Chinese curiosity and tastes. It indicates an important warming in attitudes towards the city's Chinese, as well as a new phase in Chinatown's commercial development. Upstairs, the Sun Ah Hotel's 48 rooms were typical of the small, crowded, lodgings available to working-class Chinese men. Perhaps it was some of these men who were - on repeated occasions - sanctioned for gambling on the premises in 1915-18.
Sign installed in 1954 by Wallace Neon.
Source: City of Vancouver Heritage Conservation Program
JANTZEN | 36" X 36" | Oil on canvas | 2019
























JANTZEN
36” X 36”
Oil on canvas
Available at The Kurbatoff Gallery
2435 Granville Street
Vancouver
 

The Jantzen swimwear factory formerly at 188 Kingsway Avenue, Vancouver was built for the Universal Knitting Co, whose machines knitted Jantzen swimming costumes for the Canadian market under licence from the parent company, it was built in 1928.
Jantzen continued to produce garments there until the 1990’s.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

KURBATOFF GALLERY - VANCOUVER

SYLVIA HOTEL | 25" X 25" | Oil on canvas | 2019
























I am happy to announce I am now being represented by the established and respected
Kurbatoff Gallery on gallery row in Vancouver.
New works arriving soon.
SYLVIA HOTEL
Oil on canvas
25" X 25"
2019

Kurbatoff Gallery
2435 Granville Street
Vancouver, B.C.

Monday, May 20, 2019

CHIEFTAIN HOTEL

CHIEFTAIN HOTEL | 48" X 30" | Oil on canvas | 2019





































Available at: KURBATOFF GALLERY, Vancouver
CHIEFTAIN HOTEL
Squamish, B.C.
48" X 30"
Oil on Canvas  
2019 

During the railway boom in the early 1900s, Squamish was a bustling and promising place. In fact, two grand hotels were built in those days, the King George Hotel (built in 1910) and the Newport Hotel (built in 1912), which is today the Chieftain Hotel. In the early days, the Newport Hotel was a popular hangout with the loggers, because owner Bob Carson allowed them to wear their caulk boots into the building. During prohibition years, Carson legally served a 2.5% alcoholic beer called “near beer”. The Newport Hotel burned down in 1956 and on the night of the fire, the whole town came out to watch. The hotel’s furniture and contents lined the street, while onlookers could hear the kegs of beer exploding inside. Mark Armstrong’s grandmother, Moonie Hartnell said: “It does my heart good to hear all those barrels of beer blowing up”. The hotel’s regulars didn’t necessarily agree with her sentiment. The Chieftain Hotel was built on the ashes of the Newport Hotel in 1958, its neon sign was made famous by numerous movies and TV series filmed on its location such as TV series ‘Men in Trees”, “Supernatural Season 4”, “Horns ”in 2013, TV series “The Returned” in 2014, “Insomnia” and many other productions.

ASTORIA HOTEL

ASTORIA HOTEL | 36" X 24" | Oil on canvas | 2019




































Available at: KURBATOFF GALLERY - Vancouver 
ASTORIA HOTEL 
769 E Hastings Street, Vancouver 
 36” x 24” 
Oil on Canvas 
2019 

The Astoria started life as an apartment building – initially named for its developer, R A Wallace, and simultaneously as the Toronto House Apartments. The Astoria name was attached to a building on Hastings Street from the 1920s until 1949. Vancouver's most beloved dive bar, located in the heart of Strathcona.

HOTEL EMPRESS

HOTEL EMPRESS | 36" X 24" | Oil on canvas | 2019






































SOLD by KIMOTO GALLERY - Vancouver 
HOTEL EMPRESS
36 x 24 
Oil on Canvas 
2019

The Hotel Empress lies in its position in the streetscape of East Hastings Street. Although the seven buildings on the north side of this block - all built between 1901 and 1913 - range in height from one to eight storeys, were designed by seven different architects, and constructed of different materials, they share several features. Together they illustrate the changing use of this area of East Hastings Street from residential to business use and place the district as a shopping and commercial centre for the emerging city of Vancouver in the early twentieth century. The architectural styles speak to the changing public taste from the ornate decoration of the late Victorian era to the more refined ornamentation of the Edwardian age. Built in 1912-1913 for owner L. L. Mills by architect F.N. Bender, the Hotel Empress is significant because of its considerable height and the narrowness of the East Hastings Street facade. It was purported to be the "world’s narrowest tallest hotel" when built, and is still the only building of significant height in the immediate area.