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Wood Storms, Wild Canvas: The Art of Godfrey Stephens

Slideshow with Stories & Book Launch with GURDEEP STEPHENS & GODFREY STEPHENS
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.


Wood Storms, Wild Canvas is the first book to present iconic works by West Coast sculptor, painter and boat builder Godfrey Stephens. Selected by Godfrey’s niece, Gurdeep Stephens, these works represent Godfrey’s vast and varied oeuvre - including sculpture, paintings and boat building - interwoven with stories spanning his long and colourful life of travel and adventure.

“Godfrey Stephens stamps his personality on every beautiful thing that his fertile genius produces. When you encounter one of his paintings or monumental abstract wood carvings or one of his junk-rigged boats, you know who made it at once. All his work is unique, one-of-a-kind. This book documents that genius for, incredibly, the first time.”

Peter Grant

“Godfrey’s life, his art, his friends, his deep understanding of First Nations people, his sailboats, his enthusiasm, his wild energy, his sense of humour, his continuing quest for adventure... It’s hard to describe this guy”

Lloyd Kahn

“Godfrey Stephens is the genuine article, a life-long artist on Canada’s West Coast. Uniquely at the nexus of many cultural influences, he ignores galleries and drives his admirers wild.”

Robert Amos

Gurdeep Stephens grew up listening to tall tales told by her exuberant sailing uncle, Godfrey Stephens—tales of beatniks, artists and far-flung places. She and Godfrey have corresponded for most of Gurdeep’s life. In her own adventures, Gurdeep has lived in many different countries. She speaks five languages, and has sung, written and otherwise accomplished various things, like getting a master’s degree in biology (which, by a quirk of timing, she received before her BA) and practicing real estate. Gurdeep now resides on the Pacific West Coast with her partner and two children. She is passionate about sustainable agriculture and food security, and lives by the words of her organic farming, songwriting grandfather, Rupert, who said, “always leave the soil better than you found it.”