The Artist – Mural Mosaic Inc.
Mural Mosaic is a process invented by Canadian artist Lewis Lavoie that takes individual paintings and places them in a specific order to create a large painting.
Established in 1997, Mural Mosaic recreated the classic concept of a mural. The first Mural Mosaic was designed for a retaining wall next to an art gallery in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada. Five years later, in 2004, Lavoie incorporated his process and other artists to form Mural Mosaic Inc.
Mural Mosaic is a process of using smaller individual paintings and placing them in a specific order to create one united paining. No other art medium has the ability to include multiple participants, styles, voices, subject matters that all come together into one unified, cohesive, and beautiful masterpiece. Mural Mosaic allows all participant uniqueness while also creating a common voice together. The creation of a community mosaic mural is a paramount project which unites communities together. Mural Mosaic has orchestrated hundreds of collaborative murals around North America involving thousands of artists and non-artists alike from all over the world.
The Mural Mosaic Process
Creating The “Fiddler” Mural Mosaic
During a 24-hour “paint-a-thon”— to raise money for a local charity —Lavoie prepared each panel with a specific colour tone and shape to be used as a guideline. The other artists of Mural Mosaic Inc. then used these guidelines as inspiration to create a painting which reflects their own painting style and creativity. When all the panels were reunited, the final image was a huge success!
The Mural Mosaic Team
Meet The Team!
The Kunamokst Mural
The mural was officially unveiled in West Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics, as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
Over a period of a year and a half, some 200 of the finest Canadian artists from along the west coast and across the country collaborated to create a stunning 11 foot x 21 foot mural. The mural is called Kunamokst, which is Chinook Jargon for ‘Together’.
The mural was officially unveiled in West Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics, as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Since that time it has been on tour in Coquitlam and at the Victoria International Airport. Kunamokst has now been installed on Galiano Island at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, where it will be on public display for the next three years.