Urban Icons

February 16 – 27, 1988

About the Program

Hillary Wood's Urban Icons exhibition consisted of painted images taken from architecture of the inner city—alleys, hidden courtyards, small factories—and framed in window frames found in those areas. What is left when the workers are gone are their artifacts. The paintings are therefore artifacts of artifacts. That is the nature of realist painting. Wood used the ancient medium of egg tempera—a mixture of pigment and egg yolk. Practiced in the Middle Ages, it fell out of favour with the rise of oil painting but saw a brief rebirth in the 1930s and 40s. Urban Icons was Wood's first protracted exploration of that medium.


1988.0216 URB


grunt gallery (first location) 
209 E. 6th Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5T 1J8 
Unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ/selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations
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