Billboard 2007 – 2022

The billboard paintings began in late 2007 while living in Guatemala City, Guatemala. I was producing art and exploring the city.

Billboard paintings began as an experiment in urban landscape art in 2007. Billboards towered over the city. Sentinels lining the streets. Many empty, blank and weathered. I took photographs from taxi’s. I wanted to capture simplicity in form, but quickly moved towards a more representational landscape painting, adding social messages. I played with single words and simple phrases to draw emotional response from the viewer. Years earlier in Canada, my interest had been sparked.

The billboards added something to the cityscape I hadn’t felt emotionally connected to since living in Vancouver B.C during the 1990’s. During that time, I would spot a decrepit billboard perched atop a building from my seat on the skytrain each day. I imagined the peeling, worn out surface akin to a giant abstract painting hovering over Chinatown.

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