Michael Vincent Artist
Since arriving in Canmore in 1976, Michael Vincent has used his artistic talent with pen and ink to document the vanishing heritage of Canmore’s mining history, its people and its built environment. The preservation of this era of Canmore’s history will live on through Michael’s work; work which has spanned a period of over 30 years, and documented the most intimate aspects of Canmore’s mining families and working lives as a mining community. Evidence of Michael's skillful pen and ink works have graced and continue to grace many, municipal, provincial and private publications, not to mention the collections of many more people who have supported Michael's work over the past 30 years in Canmore, and who cherish this artistic documentation of Canmore’s past .


   
Train Switcher
Train Switcher
Michael’s skill in the field of graphic art is created through very detailed, realistic pen and ink drawings, and his images are achieved by using various textures such as thousands of small dots giving a stipple effect, and involving many, many hours of  precise work. The resulting highly detailed drawings maintain a freshness and sensitivity and demonstrate a highly distinctive and pleasing style. Michael’s heritage artwork is and has been greatly influenced by his environment, and depicts general and detailed aspects of local scenes past and present, capturing much of the community’s character and significantly, our history through its old structures and local inhabitants. In addition to Michael’s graphic art work, significant time has been devoted to mixed media prints, portraits, commissions of all kinds and paintings in acrylic. While his work in these fields is remarkable, Michael remains best known for his work in documenting Canmore’s past, work which may, perhaps, serve as a guide and influence for those of us today who plan for our community’s future. 

As a member of his community and Canmore’s artistic community for over 30 years, Michael has independently produced his art to an appreciative audience, an audience which has quietly embraced and valued his artistic recording of the lives and history of a community. His powerful images of the built environment, the mining history and characters who have made their homes in Canmore are depicted in Michael’s work with unusual power and insight. Michael’s images are immediately powerful and evoke a curiosity about Canmore’s past, its heritage, and significantly, provide wonderful insight to the current community as it strives to create a future Canmore while remaining mindful of it’s past. Michael’s artistic skill and devotion to his craft and his willingness in sharing this gift with his community have served Canmore well and his collection of work over the past 30 years leaves it with a legacy of insight into its past while serving as a guide toward its future.