Caetani Cultural Centre artist-in-residence James Postill is painting a terracotta warrior for a public art project in Vancouver.

Artist confronts warrior

Caetani Cultural Centre’s James Postill paints terracotta warrior sculpture for B.C. Lions Society public art fundraiser

A local artist is facing one of his tallest tasks to date and it comes in the form of a seven-foot warrior

Tourism Vancouver has chosen the Caetani Cultural Centre’s artist-in-residence  James Postill to paint a unique design, highlighting Asian culture, onto a custom-formed terracotta warrior sculpture.

The warriors are part of the latest public art project organized by the B.C. Lions Society for Children with Disabilities/Easter Seals.

A limited edition of the warrior sculptures will be produced and sponsored by individuals and organizations.

Postill has started painting the sculpture in the Salone Studio in the Caetani house, which luckily has a 10-foot ceiling as to fit the warrior   upright.

“I painted an eagle for the B.C. Lions before and had to lay it down at an angle in my small living room and squeeze past it every day to get to the front door,” he said.

Vancouver Tourism is planning to display Postill’s completed artwork outside its information centre, across from the new convention centre, next summer, where it is expected millions will see it.

‘We are delighted to have an artist in residence be part of any event that encourages local business to support the arts in the spirit of community fundraising,” said Caetani centre executive director  Judy Katalinic.

The completed warriors will be unveiled in April, 2012 with an opening ceremony at the Sun Yat Sen Gardens in Vancouver, and will be on display until September 2012.

The sculptures will then be auctioned in October, when the B.C. Lions will distribute the proceeds to charities for children with disabilities.

More information on the project is available at


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