Okanagan Indian Band artist David Wilson creates original works for the BC Winter Games in Vernon – Vernon News

Drawing from ancient art

The work of a prominent native artist will be at the center of the BC Winter Games.

The Games are scheduled to be held in Vernon in February, and Okanagan Indian Band artist David Wilson was commissioned to create 17 paintings, one for each sport at the Games.

Wilson used the area’s original heritage for inspiration.

“I’m inspired by pictograms from the area, which would be old artwork that is on rock walls, a kind of cave painting,” Wilson said.

Wilson said he added different types of headgear to each painting he made for the games, to represent different aspects of the original culture.

“I think it’s a very good idea (for the Games) to represent indigenous peoples within the traditional territories,” Wilson said.

Game President Val Trevis said it was important to include the region’s original heritage in the Games.

“We’ve created a really good relationship with OKIB,” Trevis said. “David has produced some excellent work for us and it has also become part of our merchandise material.”

Game merchandise with Wilson’s work will be available at Hi-Pro Corporate Sportswear.

“I’m really excited to see that we have this great collaboration, and then it’s really great to see these pictograms come out,” Trevis said. “It’s a good performance for our board in a very difficult time.”

Anyone who has been to Kelowna Airport or Vernon Jubilee Hospital has seen Wilson’s artwork.

Wilson has two large paintings in the Polson Tower at VJH, a large piece at the Vernon Performing Arts Center, and two paintings at the entrance to the Vernon City Hall.

His work can also be found several other places in the valley, including the airport.

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