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New works debut on art columns to celebrate Lunar New Year

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:37 PST, Wed February 2, 2022

Travellers along No. 3 Road and at the Aberdeen and Lansdowne Canada Line stations will now be able to view a new exhibition of artworks that welcome the Lunar New Year. 

From now through July 31, the works of Adriele Au, Martin Murphy and Chantelle Trainor-Matties are on display in the large, backlit display cases at the two stations.

The artists in this exhibition participated in the fourth bi‑annual ArtRich 2021 exhibition hosted by the Richmond Art Gallery and presented by the Richmond Arts Coalition. The juried exhibition, which took place this past December, showcased work by emerging and established artists from Richmond and nearby communities. In partnership with the city’s public art program, these three ArtRich artists were selected to be featured on No. 3 Road art columns.

For more information about this program, click here.

About the Artists and Artworks:

Lansdowne Station: Colourful Travellers. Martin Murphy is a Vancouver-based painter who grew up in Unionville, Ontario surrounded by art and antiques. This exhibition presents his photo-realistic style of oil painting with a depiction of koi, symbols of luck, prosperity and good fortune. In creating an aquarium-like experience, the fish swim from one panel to the next, inspiring viewers to continue their own journey with positive energy.

Lansdowne Station: Understanding Our Native Wildlife. Chantelle Trainor-Matties is an Indigenous artist of Nisga’a and Métis heritage who specializes in illustration, graphic design and painting. This series of artworks depicts native animal species. A frog sticking out its tongue represents the sharing of knowledge, a raccoon teaches resourcefulness, and an eagle symbolizes strength and an otter friendship. The eagle and otter also hold a salmon, a source of life. 

Aberdeen Station: I Am a Thousand Years Old, Double Puddluv 1, Puddluv Wave 2.

Adriele Au is a second-generation Canadian artist based in Burnaby. Her work is a hybrid of painting, drawing and sculpture using mixed-media and repurposed objects that address themes of home, time and nostalgia. This exhibition draws attention to objects and colours that signify celebration. Crêpe party paper streamers, a thousand burnt candles and a silver server take on emotional significance in the creation of memories.

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