Monumental work of art “Checkmate” by Paul Ygartua has been unveiled at the historic Royal Bank Building in Vancouver’s financial district.
Standing near 3-meters tall, this uniquely shaped jigsaw like painting now permanently greets people as they enter the buildings foyer at 675 West Hastings. This intriguing piece is thought-provoking and draws you into the imaginary game of chess which Paul’s likes to compare to real life challenges.
The Royal Bank Building was the city’s first bank skyscraper, completed in 1931 during the Great Depression. Paul’s artwork now compliments this beautiful Art Deco and Romanesque motif architecture which was designed by architect Sumner Godfrey Davenport.
The interior of the building is a mixture of the Classical and Moorish styles. With brass details throughout, marble floors and mythical beasts embedded in the ceilings. The permanent installation of “Checkmate” now spark the expectation for great things beyond while pulling one into a new world or forgotten pasts. It amplifies the foyer’s length while the ceiling lends height and drama to this powerful centerpiece.
We are honoured to have one of Paul’s paintings in this spectacular timeless foyer. The acquisition of this compelling new artwork was made by Uptown Property Group, professional installation by Deanna Geisheimer from Art Works. We would also like to thank Bart Slotman for having the vision and making it all possible.