Art Shows

As part of our mission and mandate, the Maritime Museum of BC aims to promote West Coast maritime culture by featuring marine artists from BC. All art work is for sale, with Museum proceeds going to support our ongoing educational programs. If you are interested in purchasing a painting, please visit us in-person or contact us at (250) 385-4222 ext. 102.

Refugium Art Show

October – December 2017

This show is a compilation of different artists works in response to select poems from the newly published anthology, Refugium
Poems for the Pacific, by Yvonne Blomer, Poet Laureate of the City of Victoria. This show is curated by Regan Rassmussen, Victoria Artist, who has arranged all the artists in the show and managed the installation.

The launch event for the anthology and the art show is on October 5th, 2017. More details for the event can be found here.

To learn more about the anthology, please visit:

West Coast Perspective: Featuring the Coastal Work of Five B.C. Artists

A Collaboration Between the Maritime Museum of British Columbia and the Union Club of British Columbia

The Maritime Museum of BC and the Union Club have partnered to present West Coast Perspective: Featuring the Coastal Work of Five B.C. Artists. The works featured will be on display in the Rennaisance Room at the Union Club until December 2017. All original pieces are for sale. The Maritime Museum of BC and the Union Club of BC have been partners in many of these ventures, including the 2017 Victoria Day Block party, which offered free, family friendly activities for the community, in celebration of 150 years of Canadian confederation. A portion of proceeds from West Coast Perspective will go to support these community programs and initiatives.

Artist Biographies:

Mark Hobson
Mark Hobson lives in Tofino, B.C. Canada on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, where he has painted professionally for over thirty years. Mark’s work has won awards in the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has participated in shows throughout North America and as far a field as Hong Kong and Singapore. Mark is best known for his passionate portrayals of the wildlife and landscapes of the Canadian Pacific coast. From pounding surf to misty coves, from rain forests to the underwater realm the careful use of light is always present enhancing subtle drama in his work.
John Horton
John Horton passion for marine art has led him all over the world. His dedication is such that backgrounds must reflect the work’s period, whether it be present-day or the 18th century. And virtually all of his paintings reflect an historical story. As such, Horton’s oils are highly prized by galleries, museums and private collections the world over. He has earned the hard-won respect of buyers, mariners and colleagues alike. He is a member of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists, the Federation of Canadian Artists, The Honourable Company of Master Mariners of Canada, and Fellow of the Pacific Rim Institute of Marine Artists.
Esther Sample
The coast–natural landscapes, working world, remote wilderness and busy harbours–life on the shores of BC is where Esther draws her artistic inspiration. Having grown up on the coast, and spending nearly a decade as a commercial fisherman, the wild and rugged coastal waters have truly inspired Esther’s artwork. In 2011, Esther became the first woman to win the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s 24 year long sport fishing salmon stamp competition with the painting “Hunger Strikes”. Her artwork is collected all over the world, and she has enjoyed showing her work in the USA through Artists for Conservation.
Tony Grove
Tony Grove has always loved discovering new ideas and creating which has led him into several careers. A custom woodworker, boatbuilder and artist, Tony enjoys spending time with his family and working at his home shop tucked amongst the trees on Gabriola Island, B.C. Canada. Tony has published articles in several publications, lecturing for various groups and classes and consulting on boat interior design and construction. In 1999, Tony began instructing at the Silva Bay Shipyard School on Gabriola Island and in 2003 he became the schools head instructor, teaching traditional Boatbuilding plus designing and teaching a course for Ship cabinetry/joinery.
Anne Doyle
Anne Doyle is a fulltime Canadian Artist who divides her time between artistic design and production of original oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings. Anne was born in England and grew up on the rugged coast of Nova Scotia and rural Ontario. For over twenty years Anne lived in the rural Yukon where she divided her time between painting, designing and the production of several series of collector’s edition commemorative silver medallions. Anne is also the former owner of an art gallery in Whitehorse, Yukon and Skagway, Alaska. Anne Doyle and her husband relocated to the Comox Valley over a decade ago after spending a number of years living in New Zealand. Together, they spend their time exploring the wild coastline of B.C. and enjoying hiking in Strathcona Provincial Park. Many of the inspirations for Anne’s paintings come from her outdoor explorations of British Columbia’s extraordinary landscape and seascape environments.

Tony Grove, “A Boatbuilder’s Perspective”

May 22 to September, 2017

Tony’s fascination with wooden boats’ historic value draws him into a careful study of their build and design. Many of the boat images he creates come from the inspiration of working on the vessels themselves, or of the historic role they played in the past.

He started his career as a shipwright, specializing in wooden boat restoration/construction and boat interior building. He has also worked as a commercial illustrator and artist, producing work for clients and publications. His passion for wood and art also led him into the field of custom furniture design and building. In addition to this work, he is also an educator, leading students by teaching traditional boatbuilding and ship cabinetry/joinery.

To learn more about Tony and his work, please visit his website:

“The Sum of Many”, Tony Grove

John Horton

May 2016 to September 2017

The Maritime Museum of BC is proud to display and sell a collection of John Horton original paintings that depict episodes during the three summers that Captain Vancouver charted the Pacific Northwest during 1792, 1793, and 1794. Featuring meticulous attention to detail and history, and imbued with astonishing technical accuracy, Horton’s works are prized the world over by collectors.

For more information on John Horton, please visit:

“I name this place Desolation Sound”, John Horton