An internet detective story

I was going through some of my photo albums today when I came across this:

It’s a photo I snuck a picture of at the Vancouver Art Gallery a while back. Unfortunately I failed to get the name of the artist and had no idea when I took the photo. I decided to head over to tineeye.com in the faint hope that maybe it would return something – and unbelievably, it did!

http://www.tineye.com/search/90a61cb0fdc3ce0501eaaa839c6d98535213c923/

Turns out there’s a Globe and Mail article about the VAG Olympic exhibition that this painting was displayed at. Unfortunately I hit another snag, the article was behind a pay wall.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/subscribe.jsp?art=1458364

So I looked high and low for some kind of cached version of the article without success. Again, in a last ditch effort, I decided to see what kind of options there were to ‘license’ the article – maybe I could just pay a small one time fee and get the information. Amazingly, clicking ‘print’ at this stage actually gets you completely around the pay wall.

http://license.icopyright.net/user/viewFreeUse.act?fuid=MTM3MDM0MTA%3D

I was almost there, except that the picture tineeye returned was nowhere to be found and there was no specific reference I could see to it. The most I found was a reference to some surrealist native art by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun – bingo! This was it. The man sure has some fascinating art:

http://www.lawrencepaulyuxweluptun.com/retrospective.html#null

And here finally was the picture:

Guardian Spirits on the Land: Ceremony of Sovereignty, 2000. Acrylic on canvas

Now I just need to figure out how to order a print of this and I’m set!

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