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Kamloops artist completes huge rock music-themed mural

Stace DeWolf is a visual artist in Kamloops. He has just completed the largest mural he has painted to date, measuring 562 square feet.
Image Credit: SUMBITTED/Tracey Mounsey Photography
July 04, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Kamloops visual artist Stace DeWolf has just completed the largest mural he has ever painted, measuring 562 square feet.

The rock music-themed piece was purchased by Kamloops residents and musicians Liz and Guy Olssen to reflect their love of music.

DeWolf says it took him 80 hours to complete the mural.

“This project was passed onto me by a friend and fellow artist Kelly Wright,” DeWolf said. “I'm really grateful that he thought of me for this. Liz and Guy provided me with a lot of material they wanted in the mural. I had an idea of what I wanted to do and just got started. I surprised them by how I work organically and freely. I appreciated the trust they put in me, as an artist that goes a long way.”

DeWolf describes the project as a roller coaster and at times he wondered if he was going to be able to deliver it successfully. He experienced moments of mental exhaustion. Ultimately, he loved the experience.

This rock music-themed mural in Kamloops was painted by Stace DeWolf. It took him 80 hours to complete.
This rock music-themed mural in Kamloops was painted by Stace DeWolf. It took him 80 hours to complete.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Tracey Mounsey Photography


“The best thing any artist can do is just push forward and move through it,” DeWolf said. “I feel that any growth I have experienced as an artist has been the direct result of perseverance and belief in my own ability. I absolutely loved painting this for Liz and Guy. This genre is so amazing. Some of the coolest images came from this period of rock album art. Bringing the vision to life was a true honour.”

Liz and Guy Olssen wanted the mural in order to enhance the creative energy of the studio they call the Jam Cellar.

The studio is both the rehearsal space and recording studio for the Dave Coalmine Band.

The elements in the mural reflect influential artists in Guy’s musical career, the bands he has played in, and the musician’s both he and Liz love. They are very pleased with DeWolf’s work.

“Stace brought unbridled enthusiasm to the project,” Olssen said. “This was much different than anything he had done before. We gave him the concept of what we were looking for and turned him loose. His talent shines through in how the elements link together. The integration of the pieces is brilliant. We are very pleased with the result. Original art has a life of its own and is way more interesting than sterile posters or pictures. It speaks to people.”


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