The permanent collection of the West Vancouver Museum comprises works and archival materials from or related to important contemporary and modern artists, architects, and photographers, who have lived or worked in the lower mainland.
Our art collection includes works by artists such as B. C. Binning, Jack Shadbolt, Emily Carr, Takao Tanabe, Lionel Thomas, Alistair Bell, and Joan Balzar, complemented by works by younger contemporary artists, such as Kim Kennedy Austin and Babak Golkar. In 2015 the Museum made its first purchase of a series of watercolours by Kim Kennedy Austin, originally produced for her solo exhibition at the Museum that same year. Later that year, acclaimed Canadian artist Gordon Smith donated his personal collection of art, including works by Ian Wallace, Ann Kipling, Arabella Campbell, Rodney Graham, Attila Richard Lukacs, and Douglas Coupland, among others.
Our archival collections include significant items from the estates of Jessie Binning and B. C. Binning, and architect Duncan McNab. In 2015, two renowned architectural photographers, John Fulker and Selwyn Pullan, both donated their professional archives, together comprising some 30,000 negatives and transparencies, as well as 200 photographic prints.
The collection at the West Vancouver Museum supports our dynamic exhibitions and programs, and adds appreciably to our mission to profile the important creators and innovators that shape our community, region, and country.
Images, left to right: B. C. Binning, Untitled (Seated Figure), c. 1942, ink on paper, 30 x 45 cm, gift of the Estate of Jessie Binning. Joan Balzar, Electra II, 1967/2009, acrylic on canvas with neon tubing, 323.0 x 152.4 cm, gift of Joan Balzar.