South African Giraffes by Paul Ygartua

Gentle Giraffe, with its long neck reaching into the heavens, symbolizes the ability to see the future and obtain things that seem out of reach. When your life is chaotic, Giraffe reminds you to keep your head up and avoid getting entangled in needless arguments; as an Animal Ally, Giraffe encourages you to “take the high road.” The creature signifies things that inspire and raise your energies or Spirit.

Giraffes used to live in most of the open country of continental Africa. They were wiped out of Egypt by 2600 BC and from western and southern Africa in the 20th century. The largest populations of wild giraffes now live in Tanzania. The species’ long-term survival is dependent on human conservation strategies.

Three hearts, to be exact. There is a systemic (main) heart. Two lesser hearts pump blood to the gills where waste is discarded and oxygen is received. They work like the right side of the human heart.

Gentle Giraffe Gallery

Art Vancouver: Artist interview series

Paul Ygartua finds opportunity for artistic expression during pandemic

Paul immigrated to Vancouver from England in 1966 and met his wife very soon after. The pair have spent their entire lives travelling, painting and raising their family. It is a beautiful story that features two very beautiful people at the helm. Watch his interview here.


Paul can paint anywhere; the space is not important. He told me, ‘my ideas are in me, I don’t really need an environment that is conducive to it but equipment is key.’ Paul consumes hundreds of feet of canvas every month and thousands of dollars in paint. Paul works with acrylic paint primarily and will be reintroducing his plexiglass work at Art Vancouver this year with an acrylic finish. Previous to this, the artists’ plexiglass work featured an enamel element. In an attempt to elevate the work and present it in a more contemporary style, Paul has found high quality acrylic paint to replace the enamel layers in the work. The artist uses many different techniques. Each technique needs a different kind of discipline, so therefore detailed work takes a lot longer than a fast, spontaneous abstract technique for example.

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Art Vancouver: Artist interview COVID19 series

Paul Ygartua finds opportunity for artistic expression during pandemic

Under the physical restrictions imposed by COVID-19, Paul Ygartua has been spending each day getting up early, enjoying a coffee with his wife, Joanne, and then working in his studio from nine in the morning until about seven at night.

He views this unique environment as an opportunity, one where he can explore how the virus has influenced society.

“Because it’s such a negative thing, the virus, I had to look at it in a different way,” says Ygartua. “So, first of all, I started approaching it from the point of the heroes, the doctors and the nurses and everyone else. So I started painting it from their point of view. But then I started to think, ‘Wait a minute. What about the virus? I mean, I should paint something to do with the virus.’”

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2020 Online Art Shows

JUNE  2020 


Honouring Art, directed by Elliot Nitkin as part of his endeavour for the art community he has an On-Line Art Gallery with several ongoing exhibitions-see below Ygartua Shows


Introduction to Ygartua Online Gallery



“UNDER SIEGE – The Lions – Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver, Canada”

Acrylic on Canvas 48X6O” (121X152cm)  $6,OOO.OO

“…In a globally-connected world, we are obligated to each other to find a solution, to share our discoveries and work together to conquer this unbelievable, unimaginable beast.

To all our doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and all our essential workers out there, we appreciate you and thank you.


Acrylic on Canvas   84″ x 48″

“Guernica – as the subject matter relates to the Basque Country and the Civil War it is personal and a topic of conversation for all Basques.”

“…Guernica is a large 1937 oil painting on canvas by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.  One of Picasso’s best known works, Guernica is regarded by many art critics as one of the most moving and powerful anti-war paintings in history.  It is exhibited in the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid. Ygartua’s journey to the Imaginary Global Kingdom of COVID-19 takes a turn, now visiting some of the most prestigious museums in the world.   “Guernica” is on exhibition at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain.

Paul Ygartua was greatly influenced by Picasso in many aspects – his heritage is Basque, his Father attained political asylum in England due to the Spanish Civil War and felt the personal suffering of an expatriate. It was the same deep rejection of one’s patriarchal country that Picasso felt when he left his homeland and rejected his country because of the atrocities of the civil war.  Picasso reacted with retaliation when he created his masterpiece Guernica.  Commissioned by the Paris government for the 1937 World Fair in Paris. It expressed his deepest sentiment towards all people at times of bereavement..”



2020 Art Gallery Exhibitions


UKAMA GALLERY SPECIAL EXHIBITION “ART THROUGH THE WINDOW”  May 16-May 28,2020 CORONAVIRUS SERIES “ An Artist’s Tribute to Frontline Workers around the World”  Ukama Gallery on Granville Island is honoured to present our first “Art Through The Window” exhibition in the time of COVID19 featuring the latest work of internationally renowned artist, Paul Ygartua

Ukama Gallery, Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C. Canada




Paul captures the beauty of the West Coast, Canada in its natural environment with the vibrance and variety of the green foliage in its landscapes contrasting with the architectural landscape of the modern city of Vancouver.

Exhibited at Ukama Gallery, Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C. View Gallery

For more information on the WEST COAST COLLECTION please contact or Ukama Gallery  48×48 Sizes – 48×48″ (121x121cm), 72×36” (182x91cm), 84×44” (213x111cm) Prices from $5,000.00



Investment Art 

Future Conceptualism is a revolutionary technique developed by Paul Ygartua. It is a technique of reverse painting on transparent plexiglass, similar to Cloisonne Enamelling. This was an ancient method of the Chinese (whose history can date back to over 5OO years) whereby a single line is etched out depicting the subject matter. Then each area is painted separately, creating a collage of color in a mosaic effect.This is a complex technique, conveying a powerful presence. A mixed media mosaic cubistic style inlaid with gold or silver, creating the design and separating the colours.It is a distortion of the subject matter, an original abstract with a sculptural effect.The element of lucidity is created through colour separating  combining fluorescent metallics, enamels and acrylics.This medium I developed in 1986 and continued this style until the early nineties.  It is just recently that I have re-entered the challenge of working with this extraordinary medium which allows me to experiment more with my design concepts creating an ultra modern effect.  






Galerie d’art Les Cercles have an important Ygartua Collection of original works for sale at their private gallery.  If you are interested in any of these works please go to their website and if in Europe contact the Gallery directly or if in North America (email for an on-line sale or private viewing at the gallery.  Contact Mathieu Maillot –  33 171 51 71 78. -he will be pleased to welcome you for a private viewing

Les Cercles, 65 Boulevard Carnot, 78110 Le Vesinet, France 

Located on the bend of the Seine (west of Paris, bordering with Chatou, Ile des Impressionistes)



Curated London Art Gallery

The GAGLIARDI Gallery have an important Ygartua Collection of original works for sale at their Kings Road prestigious gallery. If you are in London and  interested in viewing the Ygartua Collection please contact the gallery directly for an on-line sale or a private viewing at the gallery.

The Gagliardi Gallery has obtained the respect of personalities of the calibre of Lady Margaret Thatcher, the then Italian President Francesco Cossiga, Princess Margaret and Princess Anne, further enhancing its strong identity and character.  Roberta Amerini

The family-owned gallery is one of the oldest and more established contemporary art galleries in London and a symbol of contemporary art on the King’s Road for over 35 years.The gallery was always synonymous with excellence and eclecticism and Director,Peter Gagliardi has contributed to its renewal with a critical and passionate eye in the selection of the prestigious collection of exhibited artworks. Sculptures and paintings characterised by their variety and international artists with works present in some of the greatest museum collections in the world (such as the V&A, the Tate and MOMA) are the basis of the stature gained in the art world over the years.

Peter Gagliardi also leads the team that curates the London Art Biennale and the Chianciano Biennale at the Chianciano Art Museum in Tuscany, gathering together the genius of 120 artists from 40 nations selected from all around the world, from the young and talented to the very established. Nicholas Bonham, heir of the dynasty family of auctioneers that founded the internationally renowned Bonham’s auction house, held the Charity Auction during the London Art Biennale at the Chelsea Old Town Hall. 

The Gagliardi family, art lovers and collectors for generations, founded the Chianciano Art Museum, one of the most prestigious private museums in Italy, with permanent collections ranging from Neolithic and Asiatic to Contemporary art with approximately 1000 works on display. Gagliardi Gallery also curated relevant collateral exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum (“Figures from Realism to Abstraction”) and at the Lord Leighton Museum (“Italian Views”).Peter Gagliardi is undoubtedly one of those personalities in the art world to keep an eye on as he is early in his career but also rich in solid experience, talent and passion. The Gagliardi Gallery is, as ever, a must for any collector and a timeless gem on the King’s Road

Gagliardi Gallery  .  509 King’s Rd. Chelsea, London SW10 OTX   United Kingdom  +44 20 7352 3663

Checkmate - Cubist painting in RBC Bank

Cubist painting unveiled at RBC building in Vancouver

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.


Popup Gallery Exhibition of 2017

We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended our 2017 WALL90 Pop-Up exhibition.

This was our first exhibition in Vancouver and with it’s success we hope to have many more in the future. Stay tuned for more events coming in 2018. Below are a some pictures of the two exhibitions for those who couldn’t make it.

We are pleased that Paul Ygartua’s large abstract artworks from Part II “Wall Art” of the exhibit will be displayed in both downtown offices and restaurants in 2018. Once these pieces have been installed we will release the details and additional images of the art.

We will soon be releasing a full interview of Paul Ygartua as he explains what inspires him and how he came to painting large abstracts. Stay tuned for further updates.


Vancouver Chinatown Art Gallery

Vancouver Pop Up Art Exhibition in Chinatown

Opening night Thursday, December 7, 5 – 9pm
(Refreshments will be served)

Our second exhibit will highlight Paul’s latest larger artworks. These are perfect for modern spaces, offices, business and restaurants with spacious walls. Come join us to kick this second exhibit off on December 7th. Experience the beauty of these large abstract up close and personal. Get a sense of the texture and incredible quality of these large pieces.

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Vancouver Pop Up Art Gallery

WALL90 will be opening a unique two part Pop-Up exhibition featuring internationally renowned and local artist Paul Ygartua starting on November 23rd. The Eclectic World of Paul Ygartua Part I & Part II will feature nearly 30 works by Ygartua, including his highly regarded large abstract works, as well as all his diverse range of styles he’s known for.

You are cordially invited to the first YGARTUA Pop-Up Gallery Exhibition. This first unique exhibition will be a variety of the different styles and mediums that Ygartua is well-known for in Europe and North America. The Second Exhibition will be larger works: abstracts, cubistic and large cityscapes suitable for building foyers, office entrances etc. giving an opportunity for designers and architects to see works of modern art that can enhance their projects on a world scale.

Gallery hours: (November 23rd till December 17th)
  • Monday, Tuesday – Closed (by appointment only)
  • Wednesday 12 to 6pm
  • Thursday, Friday 12 to 8pm
  • Saturday, Sunday 12 to 5pm

434 Columbia Street, Vancouver V6A 2R8 (Border of Chinatown/Gastown)

Private viewing outside of regular hours please call: Joanne 604 783 5002

Paul Ygartua latest large portrait of artist Salvador Dali

Over the years Paul Ygartua always been drawn to Salvador Dali art. Not only as one of the most predominant 20th century artists but also by his hometown proximity to Cadaqués where Paul paints and is inspired a few weeks every year.

Paul has always been fascinated by Dali’s surrealist portrayal of the “Crucifixion” depicting Christ on a 4D like Cross known as a “polyhedron net of a tesseract”. This is one of his best known paintings from the later periods of his career in 1954.

What draws Paul to this painting is how Dali merges religion and concepts of science together highlighting his belief that they can coexist. “When I came across the photo of Dali holding the cross by Francesc: Catala-Roca taken in 1951, I immediately was inspired to paint this portrait and capture the energy in this image. Using acrylic on canvas as my medium, I wanted it to create a large vibrant portrait bringing the fantastic image to life.

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Process of Painting Abstracts by Ygartua


“Creating abstracts is an unique experience encompassing many years of experimenting with other styles, so as to develop a free expression with a confident spontaneous hand.

Creating a balanced effect where colours are used in the right proportion to create the harmony which eventually makes the composition flow.  The texture is created like most of the painting with spatulas of different sizes.

It is always more of an organic look, real texture, you can see it and feel it, this prolongs the visual response and the visual pleasure. I love the sculptured look and always looking at experimenting with  more methods on building texture giving the third dimension.”


LA LIBERTAD – acrylic on canvas – 2 x 2.6 meters

Abstracts are a culmination of other styles, a learning process of development, culminating a lucidity and confidence to produce a successful abstract one must be slight of hand, most abstracts are produced fast and spontaneously.

It is a personal freedom of expression bringing together everything you have learned over the years through spontaneous strokes applied with palette or brush, without organizing ahead of time. With feeling and passionate emotion allowing your hand to move faster than your mind–keeping a lucidity, a free flow that is essential for any large abstract with impact.

It is the thrill of executing an abstract in a short time and achieving your goal.


This abstract painting is for sale in our online gallery.

For more abstract art see our other online galleries below.

This is Art Paris – Abstract Paintings for Sale 

This is Art London -Abstract Paintings for Sale