Integrated art 

Ange Constable treats homes and businesses as her canvas

By Kara-Leah Grant

There is a magnificent red dragon looping down my stairs. It’s come to drink from a cascading blue waterfall and sips while poised for flight. I wish it were real, but the tag line on the artwork reads "Suddenly Super Ange’s luck dragon appears," revealing it as the work of local artist Ange Constable. The result of three weeks of intense labour, the dragon is drawn in pastel and blended by hand. It is completely removable if and when I move out of this apartment, but it gives me a compelling reason to stay.

The giant red dragon is not the only example of Constable’s work in town. She has also had murals on the walls of local businesses Expressions and Farfalla. Both jobs came about through serendipity, following a trend that started during Constable’s recent trip to India.

"While I was in India I did five murals," explains Constable. "I was hanging out in a cafe drawing and the owner asked me if I would like to do something on the wall. I said sure. I’d never painted a wall before, but he liked it. Then the guy downstairs asked me to do one for him. The murals were all huge – including a nine foot blue snake, like a python from the Jungle Book, and an old man’s face."

Constable’s work in Whistler came about much the same way. Saifon Woozley, owner of Expressions knew Constable through dancing at Tommy’s together a few years ago and asked her to create a drawing of a Buddha for her.

"She was able to pull out exactly what my vision was from a conversation we had and create the perfect Buddha," says Woozley. "So I decided to hire her to paint the walls of Expressions. It was a really great experience for the both of us."

Constable’s mural work is created using nothing more than junior artist pastels purchased from Lotus Art Supplies.

"They have oil in them so it is really easy to blend the colours," says Constable. "I didn’t know crayons would work so well but I like using my hands to make art and the pastels are the perfect choice."

The gigantic vibrant flowers, plants and waves she created at Expressions led directly to her next job at Farfalla.

"Emanuela was walking by and she stopped in to say hi to me one day – what got her to come in was the flowers on the wall," explains Woozley.

Emanuela Bertioa is one of the owners of Farfalla. She immediately asked Constable if she would create a huge mural for the walls of the salon.

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