Vancouver Street Art

Bear by Larissa Healey Vancouver Street Art (alley in Gastown)

Gastown Street Art

In the back alleys near Hastings Street in the Gastown area of Vancouver, there are a lot of street art pieces. When I was there, I saw a couple of pieces, like the one of a bear above, that were inspired by Coast Salish art  (for more information about this style, see the Google Arts & Culture gallery on Native American Art of the Northwest Coast:

These two pieces (the other one is shown in the gallery below and features a sun and orca whales) were painted by indigenous graffiti artist Larissa Healey (AKA Gurl Twenty Three).

M. C. Escher-inspired street art

The above mural, by the artist collective Cold World Media, is a street art remix of a famous painting by M.C. Escher: Hand with Reflecting Sphere (

A few of the artworks in the gallery on this page are also by Cold War Media—the Prisoner Smoking a Cigarette, the Freedom mural and the one inspired by Michelangelo.

Starry Sadness
Girl and Panther.

Click on any of the below images and the image will open in gallery view.

On a more recent trip (summer 2018), I came across these pieces:

Rise Fly Land
Vancouver Street Art inspired by Northwest Coast Art
Vancouver Street Art inspired by Northwest Coast Art
Love Dragon

Vancouver 1855-1955 (#PIDGINMURAL)

Vancouver: 1855-1955, mural by Ilya Viryachev and commissioned by Pidgin (a restaurant)

This work by Ilya Viryachev was commissioned by PiDGiN, a restaurant in Gastown. The mural depicts various events in Vancouver’s history such as the gold rush of the mid-nineteenth century, the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway (and the Chinese immigrants that provided much of the labor), the great fire of 1886, the 1907 Chinatown and Nihon Bachi riot, the great depression, the internment of Japanese during the Second World War and finally, at the far right, a Musqueam woman tearing up the up the Indian Act.

Detail view
Detail view
Detail view

You can find more information at the restaurant’s website:

They also produced this video:

Giants by OSGEMEOS (Granville Island)

Giants by OSGEMEOS

This huge colourful mural, painted on six industrial silos by Brazilian artists OSMEGEOS (aka identical twin brothers Otavio Pandolfo and Gustavo Pandolfo), was created as part of the Vancouver Biennale. The 21-metre tall mural painted on the Ocean Cement manufacturing and distribution plant on Granville Island is part of a series of large-scale works entitled Giants that pair have painted around the world. This piece is notable because the painting of each figure wraps all the way around its silo.

Giants by OSGEMEOS; Granville Island (Vancouver, 2019)
View from the Granville St. Bridge

You can see a time-lapse video of the painting process:


I noticed this interesting mural by the AA Crew (Virus, Tars, and Dedos) in a downtown back alley (I think this area still counts as downtown Vancouver; I am not very familiar with the city).

AA Crew: Mechanical Robo Episode 1

Beatty Street Mural

This block-long mural, entitled Vancouverites, celebrates famous people who are from Vancouver (or who have some kind of association from the city). It was a created by a team led by local artists Vince Dumoulin, Milan Basic and Manuel Di Ritawas. It has already recently painted over by the city in preparation for a new mural.

The image below features Chief Joseph Capilano (a Squamish Nation leader),  Seraphim Joseph Fortes (English Bay’s first lifeguard and swimming teacher) and David Oppenheimer (an entrepreneur and Vancouver’s 2nd mayor)

Beatty Street Mural: Vancouverites (Chief Joseph Capilano)

On the left of the following photo is part of the war remembrance section. The woman second from right is the late actress and dancer Yvonne de Carlo. if you know who the other people are, let me know. Many of the subjects in the mural are identified on this page: Beatty Street Mural (you can also see more photos there).

Beatty Street Mural: Vancouverites
Beatty Street Mural: Vancouverites

The war remembrance statue in the middle of the next photo is the Angel of Victory, which was sculpted by Coeur de Lion MacCarthy

Beatty Street Mural: Vancouverites (The Angel of Victory)

A portrait of Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams:

Beatty Street Mural: Vancouverites (Bryan Adams)

And here is a portrait of Terry Fox, who became a Canadian icon in 1980, when, after losing one of his legs to cancer, he attempted to run across the country to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.

Beatty Street Mural: Vancouverites (Terry Fox)

If you know more about the artists or artwork on this page, let me know so I can flesh out the information on this page.

Go Further

This section includes discussion questions, an art challenge and links to online photo galleries and websites.

Online Galleries

Higher resolution images (e.g. 2048 x 1365) can be viewed online at:



Street Art of Vancouver (A Walking Tour) (by Joanne Hastie)

Three Questions

  1. Which works do you like best? Why do those ones appeal to you?
  2. What are the benefits to a city of having a vibrant street art scene?
  3. How can events like HKWALLS benefit the local community?

Art Challenge

Design a mural that features the past heroes in your community (like the Beatty St. mural).

~photos and text by

More Street Art Galleries

Taipei Street Art
Street Art in Ottawa, Ontario
Street Art in Shoreditch London
Street Art in Shoreditch, London
Street Art in Hongdae, Seoul
Street Art in Hongdae, Seoul
Street Art in Vancouver, Canada
HKWALLS 2018: Part 1 (Hong Kong)
HKWALLS 2018: Part 2 (Hong Kong)
HK Street Art (old site)

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