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Canada 150 Mosaic by Carey Newman

Canada 150 Mosaic by Carey Newman
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Artwork DescriptionCommunity-created mosaic mural in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary and the Victoria Foundation’s 80th anniversary. The mural project, created by the Victoria Foundation in collaboration with the national Mosaic Mural project, features 864 tiles painted by the residents of Greater Victoria during a two-day public event held in 2016. Its design, featuring three Coast Salish-stylized Orcas, is by Victoria-based Kwagiulth artist Carey Newman.

About Carey Newman

DatesBorn February 15, 1975
Artist BioCarey Newman is a Kwagiulth artist. Born on February 15th 1975, Carey is prominent among the younger generation of native artists. Under the influence and support of his father and mother, Carey developed his artistic ability and cultural knowledge from an early age. Artistry is in his blood. His father Victor, his great, great grandfather Charlie James, and his great aunt Ellen Neel, are all renowned wood carvers. Being of British and Kwagiulth/Salish descent, Carey has been able to draw upon each of these cultures for his inspiration. While this does add a contemporary flare to his work, he is very careful to adhere to traditional rules and values. Finding ways to change without disregarding history is extremely important to him. Carey is always looking for ways to improve his artistic repertoire. Mastering as many techniques and mediums as possible is one of the keys to his continual inspiration. Wood, stone, gold, silver, gems, glass, and painting are mediums that Carey works with. A dedicated artist, Carey's goal is to follow the footpaths of his mentors: his father, for his belief in artistic integrity, quality, and self-respect, and Bill Reid, for his ability with many mediums.


Artwork TypeMosaic
MediumAcrylics on ceramic tiles
Unveiled dateDecember 01, 2016
Dimensions8' tall x 12' wide
SiteWaddington Building complex (home of the Greater Victoria Public Library’s Central Branch), Broughton Street, directly beside the entrance to the City of Victoria parkade.
Art CategoryPrivately Held Public Art
Selection ProcessCivic: Invitational / Commissioned
Municipality/NeighbourhoodVictoria: Downtown



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