Kelowna, BC, artist makes use of canvas to inform his story of dependancy, homelessness, and triumph – Okanagan

Lucas Macauley can now stand in his first art exhibition, showing off the bright colors and eye-catching images that depict a life he used to live.

“In rehab I started painting like crazy. I think I did about 70 paintings while I was there and now it’s just a snowball, ”said Macauley.

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The artist now tells the stories of his time on the street and his battle against addiction fueled by prescribing morphine after a motorcycle accident in 2011.

He was cut off after coming a day early to refill his prescription. Then he went into rehab and turned to whatever drugs he could get his hands on.

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He checked into rehab in December 2019 and has raged a storm since then.

“I think the further I get out of this scene, the clearer things get,” Macauley said.

“Just to be able to set it [the memories] down on the canvas and I can see from a different perspective. “

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Each of his paintings is also rooted in activism.

“People, I think, are kind of overlooked,” said Macauley.

“[There are people who] live in terrible conditions in such a beautiful place where we walk around and are not aware that people are going through so much trauma and I really want to draw attention to it.

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“The more people know and understand what is happening, the better, [and] we can tackle it and fix it. “

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One of the pieces in the exhibit at the Rotary Center for the Arts in Kelowna was a collaboration with his brother Stephen.

“After many years of seeing his different art forms in different forms and tattooing and caricaturing and so … now this is the culmination of those styles with a purpose and a meaning,” said Stephen Macauley, artist.

Few of Lucas’ paintings are temporarily in the RCA. housed

“I’m really looking forward to this exhibit at the RCA because we have a number of shows about the home and heritage houses in Kelowna and that’s the other side of it,” said Andrew Stauffer, Rotary Center for the Arts Community and Education Program Specialist.

The We Live exhibition, which nobody likes to look at, will be on view at the RCA from May 4 to August 26. You can find more information about the artist on his Instagram page.

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