It’s 1932 and Fred’s scandalous ten-year stint in Vancouver is drawing to a close. This celebrated G7 founder is now living with his young girlfriend in an $8 a month rented shack overlooking Lynn Canyon. Many of his paintings from this period are watercolours on paper torn from the cabin’s insulation. Drunk and broke Varley somehow produces this uplifting and spiritual portrait of his girlfriend Vera on the porch of their hut. Side Note: GNAY has also dabbled in the black arts of Yoga and Buddhism. Sorry no happy ending here. FHV ditches everybody and everything, moves back to Ontario, and drinks and paints himself to death.


August 14, 2015

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