By SHANELL SIMMISTER
Toronto artist, Tak Bui drove his camper across Newfoundland to do pen and ink drawings of the different landscapes.
The trip was organized in the summer of 2017, when Bui made the decision to travel through Newfoundland to capture the province’s beautiful scenery.
He started from eastern Ontario making his way to Newfoundland where he stopped at villages, fishing ports and lighthouses.
“I would stop very often and draw what attracts me. Sometimes I’ll even take a series of photos and draw from them later,” Bui said.
He draws in only black and white. He said that he uses a special kind of ink called “Envy Ink’ to work with.
In addition to the work he has created, he said he’s really interested in the landscape and the people living in Newfoundland.
“I’ve known quite a bit about the history of Newfoundland before I travelled there.”
Bue said he was aware of the history which led Newfoundland to join Canada in 1949, and also of the impact of the oil industry on the province.
He has also done art work in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
As an immigrant to Canada, Bui said it is very important to him to get to know the country.
He isn’t trying to glorify or be sentimental about Newfoundland, and said he drew what interested him.
When he draws on locations, he sometimes gets annoyed by the weather and other conditions, but fortunately he does not have to spend long hours at site doing a drawing. “My medium is very simple, I just do my work fast,” Bui said.
In the past, Bui’s drawings always had a political, social angle. Now when he draws, he reflects on the people and how he feels about the landscape.
Bui has worked as a graphic artist for most of his life. He started off doing designs for magazines and newspapers in Toronto such as the Toronto Star and Maclean’s magazine. He drew comic strip designs for the Washington Post, and he also taught at Inner City Angels — an arts organization in Toronto.
He will be hosting an exhibition at The Newfoundlander Tavern, 472 Danforth Rd. near Birchmount Road, on Sunday, Dec 16 to showcase 60 of his drawings. There will be Newfoundland- based music played at the event.
After this, he has no specific plan other than to continue travelling and capturing the beauty of places he goes to.