Charles van Sandwyk: Illustrator, Writer, Wanderer

Charles van Sandwyk was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and later immigrated with his family to Vancouver, where he studied graphic design at what was then Capilano College. By the early 1980's, he was selling his drawings and watercolours in a style reminiscent of the old prints and paintings which hung in the family home. Upon graduating in 1986, the wanderlust of younger years sent him travelling to the South Pacific where he discovered the Fiji Islands and fell in love with its unique landscape.

Whether it is a hand painted watercolour or a limited edition hand bound book, the work of Charles van Sandwyk continues to inspire and enchant readers. His work take viewers on an immersive journey into the past where fairies and animals share stories about the simple pleasures in life. Among other projects, Charles continues to illustrate books for the Folio Society in London, England and divide his time between his residence in Deep Cove and Fiji.

Watch a short documentary on YouTube to see how this Canadian artist truly embodies the title of Charles van Sandwyk: Illustrator, Writer, Wanderer.

On display from March 1 - Febuary 27, 2018


Thursday, March 1, Art Gallery

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