Suzo Hickey

A SMALL DOMINION / recent work 2016

Slocan and 22nd Avenue #1, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 30" (private collection)


The subject matter of these paintings is a two-block area in East Vancouver, specifically, the street where I lived for 10 years. What began in 2008 as a documentation (of sorts) of Renfrew Heights, eventually became a study of 22nd Avenue, from the Banana Grove on Slocan, to the Renfrew Ravine.

I have a thing for 22nd Avenue – its wide median, that begins at Nanaimo and ends at Renfrew (why?), its cherry trees lining both sides of the street and the median, its unexpected views of the North Shore mountains. I have walked and driven this street thousands of times, rain slicked and dark, or covered in pink blossom snow.

Now I live a thousand miles to the north and this work is my homage to a street.

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