We are excited to bring you the first artist in our spotlight series, Teyjah McAren.
McAren operates out of her own gallery, “Teyjah’s Art Den”, in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.
Inspired by the ancient art of petroglyphs, cave paintings, and rock art, McAren employs
symbolism to create abstract mixed media pieces that communicate a story to the viewer.
By applying layer upon layer of various mediums to produce a specific, unique texture and
image, McAren’s work captures an unmistakeable earthy, groundedness that convincingly
recreates the qualities of the art produced by McAren’s muses thousands of years ago.
An active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, an accredited member of the
Society for Canadian Artists, a published author, educator, and curator, Teyjah McAren is
deeply involved in the art community. McAren’s work can be found in the offices of private
collectors in British Columbia, Quebec, and South Africa, and are sold through private
galleries, national and international exhibitions, and commissions.
With a marked interest in the meaning behind the symbols, hieroglyphs, and pictograms
left by our ancestors, McAren seeks to better understand what ancient cultures were
attempting to communicate by channeling their process through her own art. Join Teyjah in
her search for meaning through symbols at her booth at the Art! Vancouver conference,
Header image: “Karamu Festivities” by Teyjah McAren, 2014