Thursday, 26 January 2012
Granville Island: A Joe Average Moment
Every time I see a Joe Average work of art I can't help but smile. Often referred to as the Andy Warhol of Vancouver, his bright, cheerful, cartoon like images have been visible on the streets of Vancouver for many years.
Diagnosed with HIV at age 27, Joe Average made a commitment to spend the rest of his life committed to art. As a result, we in Vancouver have benefited from this commitment. Along with having his work displayed in public spaces, he also donates work to numerous charities including Art For Life, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival and A Loving Spoonful. It is not uncommon to see someone wearing a Joe Average tshirt promoting a local fund raiser or to walk by an art store and have one of his images brighten it's window.