It was only after he purchased it that Wright discovered there was a second painting by the acclaimed Canadian artist hidden in the back, depicting the historic gold rush town of Barkerville, B.C.
“It’s like finding a little treasure,” Wright told CBC’s host of North by Northwest Sheryl Mackay. To their surprise, on the flipside of the original painting under the frame, there was a colourful image of buildings and a road next to a tree-covered hill. “Paul Crawford is an art curator and every time he walks up to a painting — it doesn’t matter if it’s in a B&B or in a some hole of a house or whatever — he pulls it off the wall and looks at the back,” Wright said. “We researched the heck out of it and found out through black-and-white pictures, and some of the curatorial staff in Barkerville who helped us, that this is an A.Y. “You can’t really show it around to hundreds of people in a normal home but this is a way to share it,” he said. Y. To listen to the full interview with Peter Wright about the painting, click on the audio link below. Jackson’s Barkerville, B.C. is on display at the Barkerville Visitors’ Reception Centre and will be there for the rest of the year. A.Y. Maud Lewis painting found in thrift shop sells for $45,000
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He worked with curators in Barkerville to prove the painting was authentic and an actual depiction of the town. With files from North by Northwest. (Chris Sharpe)
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Wright decided to put the painting on display in Barkerville to make it available to the public. That’s pretty special, I think.”
A. One of the buildings in the painting, now called the Kwong Sang Wing store, is still standing in the historic town.
One of the buildings in the painting is still standing in Barkerville, B.C. Jackson’s Onward Ranch. Jackson still painting at 73
Wright said he wishes he could take credit for the find but it was actually one of his lifelong friends who uncovered the second hidden painting. gold miner who got more than he bargained for when he bought the art piece. “When would you find a Group of Seven painting on the main street of Barkerville? Jackson honoured in First World War art exhibits marking centenary
A.Y. He said it is important to him to share the piece. Wright said he immediately recognized it as Barkerville because he has spent a lot of time there. Jackson painting, 1949, of Barkerville,” he said. Few people in the world own a painting by Group of Seven artist Alexander Young Jackson and fewer still have the experience of one B.C. Several years ago, Peter Wright, a self-proclaimed lover of the arts, bought A.Y.