Golden Brush Art Events is a Vancouver born company with the purpose of showcasing talented artists in the form of live painting to the public. We meet amazing artists and spotlight their talent through our Battle of the Brush live painting competition held 2-3 times per year.
Sometimes, we also showcase the artists through private events held by local companies and at weddings, in both a competitive and casual nature. To date, we have worked with over 200 local Vancouver artists with the purpose of promoting their artwork to the public.
The Battle of the Brush is a live painting competition where multiple teams of artists compete in a time-limited competition before their spontaneous collective works are displayed and judged by local art connoisseurs.
How does it work? A group of artists are placed into multiple teams where they will blend their brushstrokes to compete for one Golden Brush title.
Then the brush-to-brush action will heat up as each team of artists’ unique painting styles splatter onto one canvas. The creativity then unfolds into an impromptu gallery to be viewed by guests and judged by distinguished panel members.
The Battle of the Brush all started from an idea back in 2008 at Chapters Indigo on Broadway and Granville, Vancouver. A year before this, Kevan Seng had created art calendars with Raymond Chow’s artwork that he sold through Chapters. His business relationship with Chapters was quite good, having a few events held at various Chapters throughout the lower mainland. During this time, the general manager, Mike, of the Broadway and Granville location made an offer to Kevan. Mike said that if Kevan should ever have an event idea for their store, Kevan should let him know and he’d put the idea through.
Left to Right: Arlana Green, Ron Sombilon, and Raymond Chow
Description: The first team with the first “Collaboration” painting
Credit: Sombilon Photography
A year later, Kevan had an idea. It was a 3 day event held on October 17, 18 and 19, 2008 where he would bring in 3 artists per day to create a painting in the front of the Chapter’s on Broadway and Granville street. The paintings would be raffled off with the proceeds to Chapter’s Love of Reading Foundation and to Admiral Seymour Elementary School’s library.
As soon as the painting on the first day began, people stopped and stared and stood for hours watching the art being created. It was at this moment when Kevan realized there was something here. After seeing the first painting being created and noticing how happy both the artists and the viewers were at the creation, Kevan knew he had to bring this concept to the public.
It took a few months of brainstorming before implementing the concept of sport into art and vice versa. Kevan knew that this might not be taken well by art connoisseurs but figured it was necessary in bridging the gap between art and the general public. Sport and art are usually on two separate paths, but this idea would bring the two together in harmony, promoting collaboration and teamwork.
Wine on the Mountain
A couple years had passed when Raymond Chow and Kevan Seng were invited to attend an event on Grouse Mountain by Ron Sombilon. They attended the event and it was on the mountain when Kevan bumped into Jwon, who was the banquet manager at that time. They introduced each other where Jwon found interest in the art that Kevan was promoting.
Left to Right: Raymond Chow and Kevan Seng
Credit: Sombilon Photography
RBC Walk for the Cure
A year passed without any contact from either Jwon or Kevan when Kevan was invited to the RBC Walk for the Cure. It was a hike up the Grouse Grind, and once at the top of the mountain, all the hikers gathered in a banquet room networking. Because Kevan was thirsty from the hike, he walked over to the bar. To his surprise, Jwon was manning the bar. Kevan and Jwon reconnected after a year and discussed the past years art events that Kevan had done.
One of the events was the Golden Brush Live Painting Competition which was the fruition of the Chapters event in 2008. The second event was to be held in the coming month and so, Kevan invited Jwon to attend.
The Golden Brush Live Painting Competition I, July 13, 2008 – Team Photo of All the Artists
Top Left to Right: Dylan Schultz, Zoltan Kapus, Masha Levene, Sarazen Brooks, Kevan Seng, Andrew Briggs, Joe Gianoglio, Gayle Arnold, Ron Sombilon, Arlana Green, and Raymond Chow.
Bottom Left to Right: Jay Peachy, Diane Reyes, Joe Sala, Monika Blichar, and Samera Gibson.
The Golden Brush Live Painting Competition II, October 2, 2010
Credit: Sombilon Photography
A Japanese Restaurant
After the second show, Kevan and Jwon met at a Japanese restaurant on Denman street in Vancouver. It was at this restaurant where Jwon asked to partner with Kevan in doing the art shows together. However, Kevan already had partner but he said that should anything change, he would let Jwon know, first.
A week later, Kevan’s partner decided to move on, so, he gave Jwon a call and soon after, they formed a new partnership and company called the Golden Brush Art Events. This was the beginning of the Battle of the Brush where they have worked to promote over 200 artists in Vancouver, BC since their first show together on March 24, 2011, at that time called the Golden Brush III: Live Painting Competition.
The shows have become of higher quality since Jwon came into the picture with the addition of professional lighting systems, stages for the artists to stand on while painting, and excellent and loyal staff. In the beginning, there were 5 teams of artists with 3 artists per team. Through testing, the most suitable number of artists per team has been 2, and, now, there have been over 25 shows with that template.
Winning Team from the Golden Brush III: Live Painting Competition, March 24, 2011
Left to Right: Ben Hefford, Tyler Schwindt, David Ullock, Jwon Suh, and Kevan Seng
Currently, Golden Brush Art Events has held over 30 live painting competitions in Vancouver, BC with over 200 artists who have painted in the shows. There have been over 40 video productions created of the shows and of the artists through artist interviews. The company plans to expand the shows to other cities in both Canada and the USA in the coming year while maintaining its presence in Vancouver with 2-3 public shows per year. Other shows can be arranged on a private basis.
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas