Okanagan Indian Band artist David Wilson creates Indigenous artwork for BC Winter Games in Vernon – Vernon News

Ancient art drawing

The work of a leading Indigenous artist will be featured at the BC Winter Games.

The games are slated to be held in Vernon in February and the Okanagan Indian Band artist David Wilson was commissioned to create 17 paintings, one for each sport at the games.

Wilson was inspired by the indigenous heritage of the region.

“I’m inspired by the pictographs of the area, which are said to be ancient works of art that stand on rock faces, a kind of rock painting,” Wilson said.

Wilson said he added different types of hairstyles to each painting he did for the games to represent different aspects of Indigenous culture.

“I think it’s a really good idea (for games) to represent natives in traditional territories,” Wilson said.

Games President Val Trevis said it was important to include the region’s indigenous heritage in the games.

“We have forged a very good relationship with OKIB,” said Trevis. “David has produced exceptional work for us and it has become a hallmark of our commodity material as well. “

Merchandise from games featuring Wilson’s work will be available at Hi-Pro Corporate Sportswear.

“I’m really excited to see that we have this great working relationship and then to see these pictograms come out is really great,” said Trevis. “It’s a great success for our board of directors at a very difficult time.

Anyone who has been to Kelowna Airport or Vernon Jubilee Hospital has seen Wilson’s artwork.

Wilson has two large paintings in the Polson Tower at VJH, a large room at the Vernon Performing Arts Center as well as two paintings at the entrance to the Vernon City Council Chamber.

His work can also be found at several other locations in the valley, including the airport.

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