Paul Paquette’s premiere exhibition with West End Gallery has been a long awaited and eagerly anticipated event. Having studied as a graphic designer before turning to professional painting in 2003, Paul has since dedicated himself to mastering the art of composition and design. Based in Squamish, Paul’s collection of new artworks are a painterly ode to the natural landscapes that can be found around southern British Columbia.
"The paintings in this show represent a good cross section of what interests me as a painter these days – not just subject wise but also the colours, textures, canvas shapes and sizes. I’ve always regarded my studio as being like a laboratory – a place to experiment and challenge myself. It is what keeps painting lively for me.
For me tree branches and leaves offer limitless possibilities for colours and compositions. They straddle the line between abstract and representational. The shapes create character, movement and tension. When I go hiking, I’m always seeing paintings in the trees. It’s why I always hike with a camera or sketch book. A photograph often misses the essence of a scene – whereas with the sketch I can stress the important details and omit distractions. The texture of bark, pattern of twigs, shape of leaves, or the gesture of a trunk… all of these things begin to be resolved as I record them with pencil. It usually makes working on the final painting much easier." - Paul Paquette (April, 2020)
Coinciding with the celebration of West End Gallery’s 45th anniversary in business and the launch of our new website, we have improved the exhibition experience so you’re able to enjoy the collection of new artworks from the comfort of your own home!
View the collection at a glance as you enter the exhibition page; all the new paintings are showcased and each piece includes pertinent information including: title, size, framing, price. Click "Quick View" for a specific painting to see multiple images including: detailed images, framing examples, side profiles and mock-ups over furniture. Have more questions? Press "Enquire Online" within the "Quick View" and we will happily reply within 24 hours.
Important Information regarding making an appointment to view this exhibition:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are open by appointment only from 11 am – 4 pm daily in Victoria, BC. To book an appointment, we have multiple options for you to contact us: phone 250.388.0009, follow this link to our "Contact Page", or scroll down to the bottom of this page and fill out our contact form. Be sure to include your contact phone number within your message and a date and time between 11 am and 4 pm you wish to visit our gallery. Appointments booked on a "first come first, first served" basis and limited to one hour.
Thank you for your patience and support of our small business! We hope to see you in the near future!
This exhibition is exclusively online and the artwork is available for purchase before the official opening date. All artwork within this collection qualify for our Free Shipping Within Canada* promotion with the purchase of a painting. If you are interested in a painting or require more information on a specific piece, do not hesitate to contact us or click the "Enquire Online" button.
Please use "Quick View" to view individual paintings to ensure you stay within this exhibition page.
We are open daily from 11 am - 4 pm in Victoria. Reach out to us if you would like to book an appointment to view this exhibition in person, if you live in the greater Victoria area. We are also offering remote viewing via FaceTime.
Please note there are restrictions on the number of appointments we can take. We will do our best to respond within 24 hours of receiving your request.