New to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery gift shop are Bud Sakamoto art cards and prints. We are featuring framed and matted prints of Sakamoto’s original historical paintings as well as art card replicas. Bud’s work is not only unique in its historical accuracy, but his paintings are also important portrayals of the local narratives and livelihoods of West Coast fishers. Come by the Cannery Store today and learn more about the area’s rich history.
Bud Sakamoto’s biography:
Born in an internment camp during the Second World War, Bud spent his early years in the interior of British Columbia. Her moved to the West Coast with his family in 1950 and grew up in Steveston , the major commercial fishing center of the British Columbia coast. At the age of 10, he started fishing with his father and late worked in the family boat building business. Interested in the built environment, Bud studied architecture at UBC. His work in planning and urban design has left its mark on the waterfront and the village of Steveston.
Even though architecture dominated his professional life, Bud managed to go fishing most summers. His more than fifty years of experiences in the fishing industry as a shipwright and fisherman are narrated in his paintings. He approaches his subject matter from and insider’s point of view, drawing the viewers into his work, inviting them to experience the fishing industry. His paintings pay tribute to the pioneers of the industry, the interconnectedness of nature and man, life below the waterline, they mysteries of survival, and the workings of chance.