Can you think of a more iconic symbol of Canadiana than the beaver? Early French Canadian fur traders working for the Hudsons Bay Company and North West Company canoed inland thousands of kilometers in search of Castor Canadensis. These 'Voyageurs' become recognized and known by their distinctive red toques, worn to ward off the cold Canadian winter.
When I started this piece, I didn't imagine it would turn out as it has. Maybe I painted a beaver wearing a bright red toque and flashing a peace sign through his wry expression because of my quirky sense of humour? Or, maybe it's my acknowledgment of changing cultural norms that led to the decline of the fur trade? Whatever the reason, I'd love to see the reaction a modern-day trapper would have when he came across a beaver flashing a peace offering.
Whatever my inspiration may have been, this pop-art piece should inspire you to add a little Canadensis to your walls.
1927 ushered in the end of prohibition in Ontario and with it competition for the bootleggers that made their fortune selling beer and spirits on the black market. The Ontario...
Canadian Pacific Airlines operated in Canada from 1942-1987. In 1968 they trimmed the name to CP Air. The 60s was an innovative era for graphic design too. It was the...
Saturday night in Canada has been known as 'Hockey Night' since the 1930s when Canadians huddled around the radio to listen to Foster Hewitt's iconic NHL broadcasts on the radio....