Last night I was in the always-interesting gallery district in South Granville, Vancouver. There was still a buzz about the street, even after places had shut down for the night. The Fragrant Wood Gallery was hosting an opening for their new collection of Balinese wood carvings.
I can’t believe I forgot to bring my dslr camera! Please excuse the poor photos.
The intricately carved wood collection consists of masks and sculptures—some of which, like in the picture above, are several feet tall. Others, as in the bottom photo, are more suitable for tabletops and china cabinets – or perhaps can hold a special place on your mantel.
These poor pictures really don’t do the collection justice! I would recommend checking out the website for information on the artists, the gallery generally and the materials used for the wood carvings. If you’re in Vancouver—do stop in to the Fragrant Wood Gallery, located at 2233 Granville Street.
This collection at the Fragrant Wood Gallery is Western Canada’s largest collection of Balinese wood carvings.
“We want to reframe the perceptions of ancient artforms,” explained Fragrant Wood Gallery manager and curator Estelle Fu. “Seemingly dated pieces become beautifully contemporary when fused with today’s crisp, minimal aesthetic.” (Taken from media release by ReformationPR)
ABOUT FRAGRANT WOOD GALLERYFragrant Wood Gallery features wooden sculptures created by well-known artists in Bali, Indonesia, with wood from all over South and East Asia. It is home to Western Canada’s largest curated collection of authentic Balinese wood carvings as well as a wide variety of furniture, curios, decoration and other non-sculptural artwork, showcased in a contemporary gallery setting. For more information, visit www.fragrantwood.com.