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Renowned Mural Artist Archer Paints the First Large-Scale Mural in Memory of the Late Queen Elizabeth

09-09-2022 12:35 PM CET | Arts & Culture

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Renowned Mural Artist Archer Paints the First Large-Scale Mural in Memory of the Late Queen Elizabeth

Renowned Mural Artist Archer Paints the First Large-Scale Mural in Memory of the Late Queen Elizabeth

Known for his larger than life murals throughout Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean, renowned Canadian artist Paul Archer ('Archer') has painted a tribute mural for the late Queen Elizabeth, only hours after the announcement of the Queen's passing.

The mural on the wall of the Grand Forks courthouse was completed the day of the Queen's passing (September 8, 2022), and is the first large-scale mural to commemorate the life of Queen Elizabeth.

Archer, a traveling mural artist, has spent the last few years traveling around Western Canada, painting over 90 murals in the town of Grand Forks during this time - surpassing Chemainus for a town's murals - and achieving one of his bucket list goals of painting an entire town. The Victoria BC artist, born in England, has travelled worldwide creating art and spreading messages of hope and positivity - having painted over 17,000 murals during his life.

This isn't the first time Archer has created a large-scale mural as a memorial tribute. In 2020, he honored the memory of the lone wolf Takaya by painting a mural of the wolf's home on Discovery Island just outside of Victoria.

After the passing of Eddie Van Halen in 2020, Archer took to the wall of his own Victoria studio on Fort Street to paint the first mural to pay tribute to the late musician, working through multiple days and undesirable weather to achieve his goal. Since then, the iconic mural has been featured in Guitar World, BraveWords, Chek News, Blabbermouth and more.

Throughout his career, Archer has painted such notable buildings as the Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver Planetarium, BC Place, and the Vancouver Canucks dressing room. His art has brought him to meet with musicians such as Rob Zombie, Snoop Dogg, Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne and more.

These days, Archer travels with his beloved dog Lannah, and the two of them make their way throughout Western Canada, leaving messages of hope, peace, and optimism wherever they go - through the incredible works of art - such as Grand Forks' newest mural of Queen Elizabeth.

Contact Archer:

Company: Archer Airbrushing
847 Fort St
Victoria BC
V8W 1H6
Contact: Paul Archer

Archer, an airbrush extraordinaire has travelled the world making his mark overseas and now resides in Canada on Vancouver Island. His life-like works speak for themselves with a huge variety of subject matter.

Archer can pretty much paint anything from tiny murals on gas tanks to 12 story buildings. Archer prides himself with his portraits of people and wildlife. If the eyes are indeed the window into your soul, then he is the artist to see that theory come to life. His attention to detail has built him a very successful career and for good reason why he has been commissioned by many famous people including celebrities and rock stars.

His work is recognized from Canada to the Caribbean and is unmistakable "Archer". He is a master at capturing different moods and human emotions in the smallest detail. The skill of his airbrush is outstanding whether he is rendering the wrinkles of an elderly clown or the tears of a young child; he achieves a high level of contrast and beautiful levels of shading in his work.

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