Art Installation: James Harry and Lauren Brevner
Presented by the West Vancouver Art Museum and supported by the West Vancouver Foundation
View the art installation by James Harry and Lauren Brevner at Millennium Park, at the foot of 15th Street.
James Harry and Lauren Brevner, both of whom have their own artistic practices, have recently come together to create a series of painted relief carvings and large-scale murals that celebrate cultural diversity. They have known each other since they were 15 years old. They start these designs as sketches, with James painting the Coast Salish forms and Lauren painting the women’s hands and faces. These portraits of strong women are imbued with magnetic strength, their forms adorned with Coast Salish motifs, the very same trigons and crescents that contribute to James’ visual alphabet.
For the Harmony Arts Festival this year, Harry and Brevner are painting two double-sided wall panels. This mural will be a continuation of their series, Weaving Culture x Weaving Spirit.
About the Artists
Lauren Brevner is a multi-disciplinary artist. Her Japanese and Trinidadian heritage deeply inspires her practice with a focus on matriarchic influence. Her work combines traditional approaches to portrait painting with themes of cultural identity and female representation. Her education has been nurtured through community relations, including a mentorship with artist and designer, Sin Nakayamal in Osaka, Japan, expanding her approach to perseverance and creative purpose. Her work has been featured across multiple platforms, including exhibitions, civic projects, and print publications. Recent projects include illustrations for National Geographic and Lush Cosmetics.
James (Nexw’Kalus-Xwalacktun) Harry is of Squamish Nation (Sḵwxwú7mesh) and European descent (Scottish and German). He attended Emily Carr University of Art + Design, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a major in Visual Arts in 2014. The YVR Art Foundation honored him with the Career Artist Scholarship in 2011.