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, from British Columbia and beyond. The collection supports our dynamic exhibitions and programs, and adds appreciably to our mission to profile the important creators and innovators who shape our community, region, and country. We are grateful to the many artists and individuals who have donated important works to the Museum.
The art collection includes works by artists such as B.C. Binning, Jack Shadbolt, Emily Carr, Joan Balzar, Lionel Thomas, Alistair Bell, Takao Tanabe, Sylvia Tait, Pierre Coupey complemented by works by 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, Christos Dikeakos, Rodney Graham, Attila Richard Lukacs, and Douglas Coupland, among others.
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. These two collections form one of the most comprehensive and important collections of mid-century architectural photographs in Canada. Research and documentation of these extensive collections is ongoing. Please see Selwyn Pullan: Photographing Mid-Century Modernism and John Fulker: Images of Architecture for more information about these photographers.
Images, left to right, top to bottom: Emily Carr, Hazelton Totem, 1912, gift of Sandra Therrien Schemmer, in memory of Dr. and Mrs, E.E. Therrien. Kim Kennedy Austin, A Bridge that Spans the Dominion, 2014, Mieneke Mees Memorial Fund purchase. B.C. Binning, Sketch for Night Regatta, c. 1954, gift of the Estate of Jessie Binning. Douglas Coupland, Hello, 2007, gift of Gordon Smith. Lionel Thomas, Summer Farms, 1950, gift of Collective for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts. Takao Tanabe, Window, 1967, gift of Takao Tanabe. Joan Balzar, Electra II, 1967-2009, gift of Joan Balzar. Christos Dikeakos, Red Delicious, Foreground Study, 2007, gift of Gordon Smith. Photographs: Selwyn Pullan, Pratt Residence Interior, 1960, gift of Selwyn Pullan. John Fulker, Graham Residence, c.1967, gift of John Fulker.