An artist has to be an inventor as well as a performer, creating original ideas, then interpreting these ideas onto canvas or an alternative selected medium.
I am diverse in my attitude towards art, so for me to remain in one style is virtually impossible, each style needs a different approach and a different discipline.
I am constantly challenging myself, it is at the core of my very being, to break through the walls that surround us, to discover, to search beyond, to break through into an unfamiliar direction.
Our very existence is one that requires constant analysis which coincides with my constant challenge to ignite an undiscovered identity within, seeking an unchallenged pathway. It is through personal confrontation with oneself to discover and break through new boundaries and change the traditional concepts of art.
The Evolution of Fine Arts affects all of us and it is the artist that is constantly striving to bring an awareness and recognition to the extraordinary World of Art. It is an emotional and spiritual and sometimes an overwhelming endeavour.”
Creation and interpretation is Paul’s life.
In painting he is at home in all mediums and his production is prodigious. Paul Ygartua is an artist whose versatility is reflected in his work. He is among those who lives elsewhere than their birthplaces. He was born in 1945 in Bebington, Cheshire (Liverpool) England.
He is an Industrial Designer and qualified Gold and Silversmith. He received his degree from the Faculty of Arts, Liverpool Art College in Industrial Design and Final City & Guilds of London Institute in Gold and Silversmithing. Paul turned to painting immediately after graduating from the Liverpool School of Art in Great Britain and from then on painting became his whole existence.
His styles include Contemporary, Realism, Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Conceptual Abstraction, Surrealism and Abstract Surrealism. His continuous study and work on techniques and painting mediums are apparent throughout his vast body of work–from his Heritage Series to his Celestialism (which shows the extent of his imagination–giving an insight to his more intimate work illustrating the workings of the mind and soul ) to his current Abstract Expressionism and Abstract Surrealism.
His application of colour and line enables Paul to capture the essence of the subject with a spontaneity unparalleled by many. His technique in colour is startling and impressive and his use of the pallet knife is bold and convincing.
His monumental murals and domed ceiling have received international acclaim and the power of his achievement is appreciated and recognized by many collectors world- wide.
He is the creator of some of the most famous images in Canada such as his Heritage Series; which are instantly recognized by most Canadians and have been a part of the British Columbia identity for decades. He is also the architect of some of the largest murals in North America and Europe. His paintings are in public and private collections worldwide and are treasured for their intrinsic and real value.
World’s largest mural painted by artist Paul Ygartua
In July of 2011, Paul Ygartua finished restoring the ‘Legends of the Millennium’ mural. It’s on two continuous walls of the Beachcomber Building and measures over 9000 square feet! It is considered “one of metro Vancouver’s most famous works of art….”. Ygartua originally painted it in the year 2000. Then, as now, it was done single handedly with a brush…no graphs, no projections, no helpers. The American website AskART considers it probably the largest mural ever painted by a single artist. Video courtesy of Citytv Vancouver, July 4, 2011.
His works are discussed in “Artists of British Columbia” (1986), by Derek Morys-Edge; “The Collector’s Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction” (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar; “Famous” (2007), by Petru Russu; “Place Makers: Creating Public Art…” (2007), by Ronald Lee Fleming and Renata Von Tscharner; and “International Contemporary Masters Volume III” (2010), by Despina Tunberg. He is also the subject of the monograph “Primordial Chaos” (2008), by Carlo Cambi and Flora Rovigo.
Michael Silverbrooke Art Historian, Collector.
EXHIBITIONS UPDATE 2017
London Art Biennale, March
Chianciano Expo, June, Italy
Galerie Image in Air, Permanent Collection, Paris
Gagliardi Gallery, Permanent Exhibition, London
Eagle Spirit Gallery, Permanent Collection, Canada
Art Blend, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Art Expo New York – April
Art Expo Vancouver – May
Art Rochester – September
Art San Diego – November
Spectrum Miami – December
LA Contemporary – January
Sala de Cultura, Gorliz, Spain
La Cite des Peintres, Tour de Morestel, Morestel, France
Gagliardi Gallery, Permanent Exhibition, London, England
Eagle Spirit Gallery, Permanent Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada
This is Art Paris, Paris, France
This is Art London, London, England
London Art Biennale, January 20-25
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, Chelsea, London
Chianciano Biennale, September 5-13
Hosted and curated by the Chianciano Art Museum Museo d’Arte di Chianciano Terme
Viale della Liberta’ 280, 53042, Chianciano, Italy
Vancouver Art Expo, May
Canada USA Italy Philippines
University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, B.C., Canada
Canada Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Bill Reid Museum, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Museo d’Arte di Chianciano, Chianciano, Italy
GBR Museum and Fine Art Collection, Geronimo Berenguer De Los Reyes Jr. Foundation, Inc., Maka City, Philippines
Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts, Nevada,USA
Chianciano Art Museum, Chianciano, Tuscany, Italy
2014 Art Unlimited, Master Profile, World of Art, Editor Petru Russu
2014 The Best Modern and Contemporary Artists, Cover, Curated by Salvatore Russo and Francesco Saverio Russo
2014 The British Museum Magazine, Autumn, back cover
2014 The British Museum Magazine, Winter 2014, back cover
2015 International Contemporary Master, World Wide Art Books, Editor Thomas Tunberg, Karl Tunberg
2015 The London Biennale Catalogue
2015 Chianciano Art Museum, Chianciano, Tuscany, Italy
2016 Museum, Front and Back Cover, Master Profile, World of Art, Editor Petru Russu
2016 The British Museum Magazine, summer/spring 2016, back cover
2017 The British Museum Magazine, winter, back cover
2017 The Van Dop Cultural Magazine, full page
2017 The London Art Biennale Catalogue
2017 The London Art Biennale Prize, Award of Excellence
United Nations Pavilion, A World United, Vancouver World Expo, Canada
City of Gorliz Gehituz, Un Mural para Gorliz , Spain
International Beachcomber, Legends of the Millennium, Canada
United by History, Denny Island, Bella Bella, Canada
City of Ely, United by Our Children, Nevada, USA
City of Chemainus, The Hermit, Canada
City of Chemainus, Northwest Heritage, Canada
City of Oshawa, Oshawa Generals, Canada
Beachcomber International – 500 cm diameter — Circle of Life – Domed Ceiling – View YouTube Video