2020 Artist Announcement!

Hub City Walls 2020 - Artist Announcement!

Produced by Humanity In Art and powered by the Humanity In Community Foundation 

The inaugural Hub City Walls mural festival pairs empty walls with a fresh and dynamic cultural offering of high-quality wall art, increasing Nanaimo’s public art offerings and connecting community and colour together in our urban spaces. A pandemic might have cancelled the enormous party, workshops and events originally planned, but the inaugural mural festival will still go on in a scaled-down and safe format. Each year, Hub City Walls and participating artists will transform a new portion of Nanaimo’s cityscape

Community has never been more important than during the recent pandemic events. Hub City Walls 2020 will create and enhance Nanaimo’s sense of community through the shared experience of captivating art. You can stay connected with the entire process from start to finish through the Hub City Walls Instagram and Facebook page. We’ll also be posting regular blog updates here, on hubcitywalls.ca

We’re super excited to introduce you to the three artists below who will execute unique murals throughout the Nanaimo Arts District for our 2020 festival. Once completed, locals, tourists and street art enthusiasts of all kinds can share their experience by posting photos and selfies using #hubcitywalls.

Russell Morland

LURK is a Vancouver Island, BC-based artist whose work ranges from detailed, psychedelic paintings and illustrations to digital drawings and collaborative products. Born in the UK, Morland attended Barnsley College of Art and New College Durham, obtaining degrees in graphic design, art and design, and fine art. Since then, he’s remained active as an independent artist and freelance designer.

Morland draws inspiration from the worlds of lowbrow, street art, skateboarding, and board games. Throughout his career, his work has been featured on shoes, underwear, skateboards, card games, for prominent clients including Britney Spears, Santa Cruz Skateboards, Etnies Shoes, and RedBull. 

Russell will be painting a parking lot retaining wall located at 95 Cavan Street

Kara Dee Harrison

As a bright-eyed graduate, Kara Dee Harrison began a year of study at Malaspina University College (now Vancouver Island University), followed by a three-year three-year private apprenticeship with local painter Richard Hoedl. Much personal study and experimentation were next, with workshops and tutorials guiding her emerging style. Kara was especially interested in assemblage work, discovering the joy of working outside the boundaries of the canvas.  

In 2016 Kara began a tattoo apprenticeship with Nicholas McMaster, challenging herself to expand her scope of work and translate it to a squishy and demanding canvas, the human body. Two years of study with Nick also focused on developing her painting and design skills.   

Kara’s work is often influenced by pop culture, dinosaurs, and local marine life. Her signature colours are turquoise and gold. Kara has a great love of secrets and surprises and often hides found objects, plastic dinosaurs, and messages in the backs of her paintings for other seekers to discover.  

Kara will be painting near 151 Front Street

Austin Weflen 

An island born and raised artist, Austin regards himself as a lettering and design connoisseur. He is passionate about creating large-scale artwork using his primary medium acrylics executed using brushes, pens and aerosol cans. 

Austin will be painting at 119 Skinner St. at the Bastion Street Parkade stairwell.

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