Landmarks - Public Art in the Capital Region


Peanut Vendor's Memory by Frank Lewis

Peanut Vendor's Memory by Frank Lewis
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Artwork DescriptionOne of five outdoor artworks mounted on the fence of Royal Athletic Park as part of the parks's revitalization.
Artwork StatementThe mural shows a selection of field sports played in Victoria as remembered by the artist, who was a peanut vender at Royal Athletic Park in the late 1940s. The players range from the old-timers in sepia through representatives of several sports to a youngster who will use the park in the future.

About Frank Lewis

DatesDecember 21, 1932 in Winnipeg, MB
Artist BioFrank Lewis moved from Winnipeg to Victoria when he was 13 years old, graduating from Oak Bay High School in 1952. He studied for four years at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design) learning from such artists as Jack Shadbolt, Gordon Smith, Arthur Erickson and Donald Jarvis. Lewis has painted murals in many places since he produced the first two in Chemainus in 1982. Among them are Vancouver's 100th anniversary mural on the wall of the Maritime Museum, Peacock's Billiards in Victoria, the XV Commonwealth Games Mural in Victoria, a Heritage Townscape mural in Kenora, Ontario and one for the entrance hall of the Canadian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has done several for the City of Victoria.His work also appears on canvases in many homes in Canada and the United States.
Artist ResumeVancouver School of Art


Artwork TypeMural
MediumExterior acrylic latex on plywood
Unveiled dateApril 25, 2004
Dimensions10' x 10'
Reference #3739
SiteRoyal Athletic Park, 1014 Caledonia Avenue. Murals are located on fencing on Vancouver Street.
Art CategoryCivic Public Art
Selection ProcessCivic: By Jury - Open Competition
Municipality/NeighbourhoodVictoria: North Park



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