Gary Sim



Gary Sim
Egmont Morning, 2008
Original pen & ink drawing
9" x 12"
Value: $350
Donated by the Artist


This drawing shows the view over Sechelt Inlet from the deck of the West Coast Wilderness Lodge in Egmont, B.C., at the north end of the Sunshine Coast. The image illustrated is drawn with Pilot DR pigment ink pens and india ink brush pen on translucent vellum.

Gary Sim
Looking Away (English Bay), 2002
original limited edition block print
4.8" x 7.8" 
Value: $600
Donated by the Artist

This is a view looking out over English Bay from Stanley Park, Vancouver. A golden sunset is casting its rays over an idyllic evening. The drawing suggests a view from starfish to stars. (A limited edition print was also done from this drawing) It is drawn with Pilot DR pigment ink pens, on OPUS coated drawing paper, 150 gsm weight. The paper is 15% rag and 85% alpha cellulose acid free, manufactured for OPUS by the company that makes the paper that Canadian money is printed on.

Gary Sim was born in Vancouver in 1951. After high school graduation in 1969 he briefly attended SFU and the Vancouver School of Art. In traditional B.C. fashion he has worked at various jobs including welfare hostel cook, factory and sawmill worker, central office telephone equipment installer, fruit picker, log cabin builder, forest fire fighter, book store clerk, tree planter, foundry worker, and auction assistant.

Mountaineering courses at Capilano College culminated in a successful climb of Mt. Waddington. A chance conversation led to eight years of employment on the B.C. Rail Rock Gangs, where he qualified as a driller-scaler, blaster, and then Foreman of High Scaling Gang 152. Refer also to Patrolling the Budd and Railway Tales. Drafting courses at V.V.I. in 1988 led to helping design and build a no-till seed drill for an engineering firm. He started full-time employment in architecture in 1989, a career that continues in 2012 with his position as Senior Architectural Technologist and Construction Administrator with DGBK Architects, Vancouver BC.

His spare time activities include drawing and print making, photography, Vancouver art history, research and writing, and volunteer work. In the past ten years he has created hundreds of original artworks and shown them in more than 40 exhibitions. With his imprint Sim Publishing he produces illustrated monographs and catalogues, greeting cards, artist stamps, and the extensive historical digital research project BRITISH COLUMBIA ARTISTS.