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Discover Vancouver’s Art Scene

There’s no denying art gives a home life. Art represents character, emotion, and taste. To gain prominence on any wall, art has to say something. But where does one find that special piece worthy of daily viewing?

Vancouver’s art scene is running rampant with talented emerging and established artists. We’ve put together a list of places where you can find that piece of art that speaks to you.

BOOOOOOOM

Based in Vancouver and founded by Jeff Hamada, Booooooom showcases new artists from around the world, and has gained international acclaim for launching the careers of numerous young artists. Now the largest art blog in Canada, Booooooom is the one of the first places to visit to discover what’s happening in the world of art.

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Equinox Gallery

A leading contemporary gallery in Vancouver, Equinox is known to promote local artists in an international context. From photography to paintings to sculpture, the gallery has hosted such luminaries as Fred Herzog and Omer Arbel.

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Hot Art Wet City

Hot Art Wet City on Main Street is the destination to discover art on the eclectic side of the spectrum. In addition to exhibitions, the gallery also hosts workshops and seminars. Coming up in May, the space will be exhibiting a group show titled It’s Not Me You See that explores the fantasy of anonymity and surveillance through drawing, painting, and collage.

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Vancouver Biennale

Until 2016, art will be popping up in unexpected places throughout the Lower Mainland for Vancouver Biennale. You may have seen Ai Weiwei’s F Grass in Coal Harbour or Marcus Bowcott’s Trans Am Totem near Olympic Village. While you can’t take these home, you can feed off the artistic nature of the installations.

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Art Battle

Art gets competitive at Art Battle held in Vancouver every couple of months. With only 20 minutes allocated to create something artistic, winning painters are selected based on crowd appreciation and a silent auction. The next battle is held on May 14th at the Electric Owl on Main Street.

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The Jealous Curator

Another art blog originating in Vancouver, The Jealous Curator shares her own art along with the work of others. Founder Danielle Krysa bases her whimsical selections on whether the art makes her jealous, wishing she’d thought of that. Her reputation for her cultured eye has led to two books and international recognition.

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