Slow your roll the next time you take the popular Union Street bike route by the Savoury Chef building close to Venables and Clark. You wouldn’t want to miss the massive new mural outside by local artist Luke Ramsey. Ramsey, who prefers island living over the city, exhibits internationally and works as a freelance illustrator on the Sunshine Coast. His client list includes The New York Times, The Drake Hotel, MEC, and Patagonia.
The bright and vibrant colours of his latest mural were inspired from the former Vancouver Grizzlies basketball team and are meant to convey positive vibes as cyclists pass by. Check out our interview below with the artist talking about his process behind the over 30 foot mural commissioned by Savoury Chefs.
I spent a few days working on ideas about what I wanted to paint, but the actual painting took just over four long days to complete.
For sure, most of my work is detailed line work and I wanted to challenge myself with simplicity. When considering this wall, I wanted to stretch and play with the reduction of many lines, to consider the contour line from shape. To make a piece that is abstract, but accessible, for it to be absorbed in a passing moment; colours and shapes that convey positive energy as cyclists pass by.
I have been listening to a lot of Nils Frahm piano music, revisiting the amazingness of Lauryn Hill, listening to talks by Manly P Hall while I work. Keegan McHargue paintings are always evolving and inspiring to look at. I’ve been playing pick-up soccer, which is a lot of fun. Just started harvesting wild mushrooms this season, which is like treasure hunting in the forest. There’s so much in life to feel inspired by; I could go on and on.
I travelled around the world after I graduated high school; getting inspired by visiting museums, galleries and taking part in different cultures. I’d say I’ve honed my skills by practice and drawing since I was a kid.
I’ve been exploring new territory with a couple of murals I’ve done this year. I want to carry this over into painting on canvas. I’ve spent most of my practice drawing on paper, so I want to try a new approach. I also found a Roland TR-707 drum machine this summer, and plan to make music this winter with some friends.