Painter says Kamloops’ ranching community is nothing to brush off

Garry Davies' paintings are on display in the Old Courthouse's main gallery

A prominent Kamloops sculptor has turned to paint to broaden his artistic skill set.

Garry Davies has created a series of paintings portraying the scenes of local ranches and the cowboys, cowgirls and animals that populate them.

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Davies and fellow sculptor Terry Norlander created The Overlanders of 1862, the bronze sculpture placed outside Kamloops City Hall. The sculpture was created in 2003, and both artists have continued their work as sculptors, with Norlander continuing to sell his work locally and Davies selling in the Lower Mainland and Victoria.

But it’s another type of work from Davies that he hopes will attract people to his latest exhibition at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre’s main gallery.

Davies said he’s been painting all his life, but his most recent foray into painting comes after taking a number of courses at TRU and the decision to pursue a topic he sees as important.

“My subject matter, cowboys and cowgirls, is meant to bring them to the forefront and say to people they’re still around us — and show some examples of what they do every day,” he said.

Davies said that because Kamloops is now an urban setting, people tend to forget that the city is still surrounded by the sorts of scenes he has put to canvas.

His paintings are done with diluted acrylic paints to make them look like watercolours. He said it’s a style that allows him to create a washed-out background with more detail in his subjects.

Davies will also be showing a number of his portraits — a collection he’s looking to add to because “paint costs money,” he joked.

“You can take a photograph, but you really don’t get the essence of the person,” he said.

Davies said a portrait usually takes a few hours, plus the time to get to know his subject, and typically costs between $200 and $300.

In addition to Davies’ exhibit at the KAC main gallery is the work of another artist in the hallway gallery. Lynne Flanders’ Life in the Caribou and Beyond will show at the same time, featuring scenes from the Caribou, Haida Gwaii and beyond.

Both exhibitions run until June 1 and will hold opening receptions on Friday, May 10, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Old Courthouse Cultural Centre, 7 West Seymour St., is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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