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Art Quotes of the Month: Inspiration and Motivation for the New Year

January 23rd, 2018 Posted by Art Education, Book Lovers 0 comments on “Art Quotes of the Month: Inspiration and Motivation for the New Year”

With January in full swing, we are looking forward to the year ahead of us. Many resolutions made, goals set, and bucket list items to check off. Maybe yours is to visit a talked about exhibit (such as Infinity Mirrors), or maybe it’s to finish decorating your new apartment. Whatever the task – it is always helpful to get some motivation and inspiration. So, we have put together a list of our favorite and most inspirational artists quotes to get us through the year ahead of us. If you’re an art lover in need of some encouraging and inspiring words – then this is the place to be!

“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh struggled with depression and suffered from delusions, which eventually led him to an asylum in Saint-Remy, France. And although he was never a famous artist during his lifetime, Van Gogh never stopped working on his art. He is now known as one of the most influential artists in the history of Western art.

Own your own recreation of Iris by Van Gogh!

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was the most highly paid commercial illustrator in New York, and this was before he made art that was fit for galleries. His screen-printed images became the definition of Pop Art. He worked his way up from poverty to the High Society of New York City.

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.” – Georgia O’Keefe

Georgia O’Keefe was best known for her paintings of large, zoomed in flowers. She created many different types of abstract art, but was admired especially as an independent female role model. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum opened in Santa Fe following her death.

Verus Art recreation of a Cezanne

"If I were called upon to define briefly the word ‘Art’, I should call it the reproduction of what the senses perceive in nature, seen through the veil of the soul." – Paul Cézanne

Cézanne is an artist who paid extremely close attention to detail. Cézanne adopted an analytical approach to what he put on canvas. His works feature structural integrity and methodical brushstrokes. This detailed oriented approach is does not go unnoticed in his works – making his efforts worth it. He is seen today as connecting Impressionism with art movements such as Expressionism.

“I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life.” – Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat is an artist who participated in the street art movement. His art spoke as social commentaries to different issues and dichotomies. One of Basquiat’s pieces was sold in 2017 for $110.5 million; the third most expensive painting sold that year. An amazing achievement for such a young artist. If you want to see the other most expensive paintings, check out our previous blog post here.

Photo Source: Yusaku Maezawa’s Twitter

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso

With our goals set this year, towards many different achievements, this quote really spoke to us. We need to take actionable steps towards our goal, instead of just dreaming of them. Picasso is a famous painter, sculptor, printmaker, stage designer, poet and playwright. He did not complete all these amazing things without taking action.


We hope you enjoyed these inspiring quotes. We hope they help motivate you to do great things with the year ahead of you. For more artist quotes check out our previous blog post in this series: here.

Indulge Your Artistic Self With Art Quotes Of The Month

October 31st, 2017 Posted by Art Education, For Art Lovers 0 comments on “Indulge Your Artistic Self With Art Quotes Of The Month”

Are you an art lover with an appeal to art history? Do you enjoy great masterpieces by renowned artists? We have just the thing for you to indulge that artsy side of you: art quotes!

A Stormy Sea by Monet

With the Verus Art collection we bring art to the people. Our textured reproductions accurately capture the colour and relief of the artists brushstrokes. These great masters can be brought out of the museum and into your home or gallery – allowing art to be appreciated and enjoyed by all!

Another way we hope to bring these great masters to you is through their words. Below is a list of some of our favourite quotes by the artists in the Verus Art collection. We hope these words bring you closer to the artists – just as their brushstrokes do.

Flowers in paint

Bowl of Zinnias and Other Flowers



“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

Vincent van Gogh



“Everyday I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.”

– Claude Monet  

Woman with an Umbrella



“A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.”

– Edgar Degas



“Art is either plagiarism or revolution.”

 – Paul Gauguin

Yellow Sunset by Tom Thomson


"Sometimes I imagine colors as if they were living ideas, being of pure reason with which to communicate. Nature is not on the surface, it is deep down.”

– Paul Cézanne


“The maples are about all stripped of leaves now, but the birches are very rich in colour... the best I can do does not do the place much justice in the way of beauty.”

 – Tom Thomson

A man touching the Van Gogh Iris hanging on white gallery wall

Opening Reception Success Extends Verus Art Exhibition

March 7th, 2017 Posted by Art Decor, Art News, Behind the Scenes, Media Buzz, Vancouver Events 0 comments on “Opening Reception Success Extends Verus Art Exhibition”

Verus Art has had an exhilarating month; with our Vancouver launch event, unveiling our latest elevated print, The Goldfinch, the announcement of the Government of Canada’s 2.75 million in funding for Arius Technology, and finally, our opening reception for our exhibition at Art Works Gallery in downtown Vancouver. It was a whirlwind of celebration and excitement – this exhibition being the perfect way to share all this year’s accomplishments with everyone!

man looking at Monet Epte with Monet sign above
Monet's Epte painting looks great on Art Works walls!

The Verus Art exhibition at Art Works Gallery opened on February 22nd and includes the entire Verus Art collection – together with our newest addition: Fabritius’ The Goldfinch. The opening reception was held on March 2nd, and encouraged anyone to swing by, grab a drink and a nibble, and have the chance to see our re-creations on the gallery walls.

two people holding up their arms in a heart shape in front of the monet painting
Casey-Jo from 102.7 The Peak Radio came to admire our stunning Monet!

The night was a big success! We had over 100 people attend, including art collectors, realtors, faculty from Emily Carr and UBC, and various influencers – we even had Casey-Jo from 102.7 The Peak come admire our collection! In fact, the night was so successful and the re-creations looked so amazing on Art Works Gallery walls, that the exhibition has been extended to March 31st so that more people can experience the pieces. Be sure to swing by Art Works Gallery and see our amazing elevated prints displayed on the walls.

Thomson paintings in gold frame hanging on white wall with people in the background
What a beautiful gallery!
Map on a table with a hand holding a toy plane and a camera and magnify glass

Plan your European Adventure Around Vincent van Gogh

February 17th, 2017 Posted by For Art Lovers, Travelling 1 comment on “Plan your European Adventure Around Vincent van Gogh”

If you’re a massive Van Gogh fan and travelling around Europe is on your bucket list, here are some fun tips on where to fulfill your Van Gogh fever!

There are many beautiful locations all over Europe where you can get close to Van Gogh – not only to see his artwork, but to visit places he painted or lived throughout his lifetime. There are so many locations, in fact, that we have put together a short list of our favourites places. So, get ready to plan your big trip to Europe after reading about these must-see Van Gogh destinations! Van (Go)gh to Europe!

photo of van gogh gallery in kroller muller with a few paintings on a white wall
Credit: Kröller-Müller Museum / photo: Marjon Gemmeke

Kröller-Müller Museum – Otterlo, Netherlands

Although the Van Gogh Museum is the obvious choice to see Van Gogh works, you will also be delighted by the Van Gogh Gallery in the Kröller-Müller. It is nestled in a National Park, so the location is beautiful and serene – the best atmosphere for enjoying artwork. Photos are even allowed in the museum, and although the paintings are protected by glass you can get a close look at many of his famous paintings such as “Café Terrace at Night, “Sorrowing Old Man ('At Eternity's Gate')”, and “Country Road in Provence by Night.” It also displays a lot of his earlier works and is the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world!

Van Gogh painting of a countryside field with a yellow house
Painting of Brabant by Van Gogh

Brabant – The Netherlands

If you are wanting to fully connect with Van Gogh’s roots, Brabant is the place to do so! This is the small town where Van Gogh grew up and has many landmarks you can visit during your stay. Often called an outdoor museum of Van Gogh, just taking a stroll through the town of Brabant will take you on a tour of an area that inspired Van Gogh’s work much later in life. It is home to the Vincent van GoghHuis , the art room at his school and a statue of Vincent and his brother Theo. There is also a number of Van Gogh related events and activities that are put on for visitors at different times of the year.

Mons – Belgium

Belgium, besides being home to great waffles and beer, is also known to be where Van Gogh first became an artist after giving up on becoming a Protestant pastor. Here, you can visit the house where Van Gogh completed his first paintings, Maison Van Gogh. It was saved from ruins in the 1970s and is now open to the public. The house is located in a historical mining area, the Borinage, where miners were earning just 2.5 francs a day. When the Belgium Church disowned Van Gogh, he told his brother Theo that he would focus on being an artist but sometimes would go to assist the miners. The community there today is very proud of the connection with Van Gogh and there are many places to see visit that Van Gogh once visited himself, including the mine.

Saint-Paul Asylum with a field in front of it. It is a grey building
The Saint-Paul Asylum Van Gogh was in! These are the very fields he painted!

Provence – France

Next stop? Provence, France! Vincent van Gogh’s most famous works were painted when he was a patient at the Saint-Paul asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. This is the perfect place to see some real locations and spots that Van Gogh painted while in the asylum, and there is even a collection of works called “Saint-Paul Asylum, Saint-Remy.” Provence is where he painted his collection of “The Irises” you can even visit the hospital and its gardens, now renamed Clinique Van Gogh. While you’re here, explore the area where Van Gogh spent the last part of his life and visit the Rhone River, the muse for Gogh’s “Starry Night over Rhone.”

Auvers-Sur-Oise – France

After leaving Provence, Van Gogh travelled north to Auvers-Sur-Oise. This is where you can see some of the most significant landmarks of Van Gogh’s life. Here in this town, you will find the room, at the famous inn Auberge Ravoux, where Van Gogh took his own life. Despite being recently restored, it is a sombre room, with not much light coming from just one window. A short distance away you can visit his gravestone that sits next to his brother’s, Theo. As of late - Van Gogh’s gravestone is being restored, so this would be a poignant landmark to visit on your travels.

A old grave with van gogh's name on it with green leaves surrounding it
Grave of Van Gogh - recently there has been a project to restore it!

Musée d’Orsay – Paris, France

Van Gogh moved to Paris to live with his brother in Montmartre, Paris after living in Belgium. The apartment is a private residence now, but you can see it designated with a marble plaque. You can also visit the oldest surviving vineyard in Paris, where Van Gogh would often go to paint. And of course, while in Paris you can visit many of his masterpieces at Musée d’Orsay. "Starry Night Over the Rhone," "Vincent’s Bedroom in Arles," "Self-Portrait," 1889 and "The Church at Auvers," are just a few of the highlights from the museum’s Van Gogh collection, which has over 25 works on display.

The outside of Musee D'Orsay Museum with the Eiffel Tour in the background
Photo Credit: Musée d’Orsay

Of course, there are many museums and galleries with Van Gogh pieces – these are just a few of our favourites that hold some of Van Gogh’s most riveting history. When you get stuck into planning your next trip to Europe, or if you are planning one right now, be sure to stop and see at least one of these locations that are greatly influenced by one of the most loved impressionist painters. If you can’t get enough, below are a few additional suggestions where you can stop to see even more Van Gogh!


Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam

Albertina – Vienna

Musée de Louvre – Paris

The Courtauld Institute of Art – London

The National Gallery – London

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts – Moscow

Tate Gallery – London

Own A Van Gogh Masterpiece

If you're a big Van Gogh fan but don't have time or money to take a trip around Europe, you will be happy to discover you can now own a Van Gogh masterpiece with our incredible 3D re-creations, bringing Europe into your own home! Working with the National Gallery of Canada, Verus Art has launched a limited edition collection of 3D printed rec-creations that replicate the brushstrokes, colour and size of the original pieces. Check out "Iris" and "Bowl of Zinnias and Other Flowers" in our store.

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