Street by Mike Svob, Coquitlam, British Columbia. Painted in 1989, at 22
King Street (CIBC), 58' by 17'. Mike Svob portrays two views in this mural
of early downtown Welland. A mid-19th century East Main Street scene shows
the Ross Building and neighbouring stores. The second part of the mural
shows the inside of the Morwood Store, an original Welland retailer, who
opened for business in 1856. The honest-to-goodness general store boasted
success for more than a century.
remembered Morwood's as a child - the night it burned down, I watched in
amazement. Having left 20 years ago, the mural pulled me back into my youth
and beyond. Painting something that has passed into history seemed to allow
a certain freedom to be more expressive with colour and pattern. There
are no colour pictures from this era and no one who can challenge my choices.
This meant I could largely create my own interpretation."
Virtual Guide's Comments
somewhat stylized image of Main Street. It is quite unlikely that either
location was as brightly coloured as shown in the mural. As artist Mike
Svob points out, he is painting a childhood memory of these scenes. He
uses surreal colour to capture the larger than life impressions inherent
in such recollections. In the centre stands Mr. Morwood, an imposing figure,
when seen through the eyes of a little boy. The business community of Welland
was obviously in capable hands.
the Artist: Mike Svob, Coquitlam, British Columbia
contemporary artist creates captivating imagines in watercolour and acrylic.
Mike was born and raised in Welland and attended Centennial Secondary School.
He sold his first painting at the age of 14. He obtained a general Bachelor
of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario then travelled extensively
before settling in British Columbia. He then took up painting full time.
of workshops, classes and self-analysis has taught Mike to weave his visions
into a wide range of boldly designed and executed pieces. This work has
won him numerous awards and commissions. These awards include first place
in the annual Northwest Watercolour Show in Seattle, Washington and first
prize at the Federation of Canadian Artist Workshop on Saltspring Island,
British Columbia. As a result, his art can be found in dozens of galleries
as well as many private collections.
is proud of being basically self taught "with the help of talented artists"
along the way.