Brian Croft, Painting the History of Vancouver and British Columbia

Brian Croft is a former fighter pilot with the Canadian Forces.  Today he is a widely recognized artist whose work emanates from the beautiful locales surrounding Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  He has introduced a historical and heritage perspective into his work and this has become the focal element and trademark of his various collections.  Brian’s major works are now rendered on canvas and his meticulous research and paint process continues to produce highly detailed and evocative paintings of our past.  He resides in Langley, B.C. and has created over 380 works.

 

Collections:

The Langley’s Collection is Brian’s cornerstone watercolour collection. It includes images of the pioneering days in the local B.C. towns of Langley Prairie, Milner, Fort Langley and Murrayville.  Other smaller collections are:

The Steveston Collection

The Sunshine Coast Collection

The Canadian Skies Collection


In late 2003 Brian transitioned onto canvas; this resulted in:

The Streetcars of Vancouver Collection.These paintings chronicle the colourful, romantic and dynamic history of the B.C. Electric Company’s electrified streetcar and interurban service, which commenced in 1890.  Over time this direction widened to include more contemporary images of Vancouver’s history.

 

Brian currently paints 3 to 5 new paintings each year.

 

 

Public Speaking Engagements:

Brian presents a compelling, colourful and sequential visual tour of his journey.  He speaks of the evolving nature of his work with a special emphasis on the intriguing nature of the historical research required to render each canvas as a legitimate portrayal of our past. He also introduces each painting in a way that lets the viewer to step into warm and sensitive scenes of our past and the past lives of our ancestors in Vancouver and British Columbia.

 

 

About my Giclee prints:

My fascination with painting history resulted in the creation of hundreds of images.  Over time I found that I truly regretted parting with my original work because it seemed to me that all that research and pigment was simply disappearing into private collections where it was not available for the rest of us to see.  As a result I decided to make my work more widely available in the form of prints.

 

Initially I produced limited edition lithographic prints but soon advanced to watercolour giclee’ and finally canvas giclee’ prints.  It is the canvas giclee’ print that now represents my current work.

 

I have defined a strict code of ethics in the creation of my limited edition prints.  My limited editions may run to any total number selected by me. Using the example of a run of 95 signed-numbered prints, this is documented in promotional literature as (SN95).  In addition I create a very limited number of Publisher Proofs (PP) which will not exceed 5% of the SN total.  I also create Artist Proofs (AP) which will not exceed 10% of the SN total.  In this  example case of a (SN95, AP10, PP5) limited edition run, a total of 110 giclee’ prints will be created and no more.).

 

With a few variations, I generally produce canvas giclee prints in the following sizes:

20" x 32"  this is my Regular sized print,

28" x 44"  this is my Large sized print (available in most print titles),

34" x 54"  this is my Super-Size print (available on a few print titles only).

 

Regardless of the the variety of sizes that I print, the total of all the prints created within in a limited edition run will not exceed stated (SN plus AP plus PP) total; which in the case above would be a total of 110 giclee's of various sizes.

 

Each limited edition print is accompanied with a numbered certificate of authenticity. The certificate also contains a summary of the history of the image as well as a few artistic comments.