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Ancestors by Roy Henry Vickers

Ancestors by Roy Henry Vickers
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Artwork DescriptionStucco Bas Relief on exterior building walls. Depicts first Nations and early European Settlers.
Artwork StatementRoy Henry Vickers acted as an artistic advisor to the architects and designers of Saanich Commonwealth Place.

About Roy Henry Vickers

DatesBorn: 1946, Greenville British Columbia
Artist BioRoy Henry Vickers is one of Canada's premier artists. During his prolific career Roy has established a loyal collecting audience for his sought-after prints, paintings, carvings and designs. Roy's distinctive artistic style blends First Nations themes with European realism to create a harmonious fusion of traditional and contemporary, old and new, personal and universal. Roy's work can be found in private and public collections and galleries around the world including the National Museum of Man (Ottawa, Ontario), University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology (Vancouver), the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg, Ontario) and the National Museum of Japan (Osaka.)
Artist ResumeRoy studied traditional First Nations art and design at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art in Hazelton. Using these building blocks Roy, through hard work and intensive research, created his authentic and personal style of expression - a harmonious fusion of traditional and contemporary, old and new, personal and universal. Silver Jubilee Award (1977); Order of B.C (1998); Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal (2003); Order of Canada (2006).


Artwork TypeMural
MediumBas Relief: acrylic stucco over rigid insulation
Dimensions70m x 4m (approx)
Reference #12
SiteSaanich Commonwealth Place (North and East exterior walls of building) 4636 Elk Lake Drive.
Art CategoryCivic Public Art
Selection ProcessCivic: Invitational / Commissioned
Municipality/NeighbourhoodSaanich: Royal Oak



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