October 3rd, 2023

Media Contact:
Ryan E. Watson

Art Rapture's THE THROWBACK: A Canadian Masterpiece of Art, Community, and Giving

VANCOUVER, CANADA – In a triumphant celebration of artistry, community, and philanthropy, Art Rapture's THE THROWBACK event, held on September 23rd, 2023, at Vancouver's iconic Ironworks Studio, left an indelible mark on attendees and the art world alike.

A Vibrant Art Showcase:
THE THROWBACK, curated by the visionary Paul Becker and his dedicated team, transcended expectations. The event's central theme, "Throwback," encouraged artists to pay homage to the great masters of the past, resulting in a breathtaking array of creations. Highlights included Ola Volo's evocative "Eternal Gaze" and Bill Higginson's surreal "Pillars of Understanding," reminiscent of Salvador Dali's "The Angelus."

An Artistic Gathering:
Local talents such as Jason Dussault, Ben Z Cooper, Benjamin Lumb, Jay Senetchko, Anyuta Gusakova, Rory Doyle, Manon Biernacki, Annie Zhai, and Bracken Hanuse Corlett stood shoulder to shoulder with international luminaries like Mad Dog Jones and Andy Dixon. The evening dance party, with live music by the DJ Mr. Pablo, musician Stephen Lecky (@iamlecky), DJ HUBBZ, and scratch DJ The Phonograff transformed the Ironworks into a pulsating hub of creativity.

A Philanthropic Impact:
Beyond the artistic splendour, THE THROWBACK made a meaningful impact by raising over $5,000 for the charitable organization "One Girl Can." This contribution secures high school education for nine young African girls in Kenya, a testament to the event's commitment to positive change. “Thanks to your leadership, THE THROWBACK was not just an event—it was a statement that emphasized the importance of our cause and rallied support in ways we couldn't have imagined.” (Regina Bakhitova, Digital Marketing Coordinator, One Girl Can)

Andy Dixon's lithographs “Hygieia”, a debut in traditional lithography, were a revelation. Alluring collectors and art enthusiasts alike, these limited edition lithographs, each meticulously hand-signed and numbered, sold out within minutes. The "ar" blind embossing stamp and Certificate of Authenticity from Art Rapture added prestige to these exquisite pieces, printed at Malaspina Printmakers in Vancouver, BC.

Celebrating Community and Creativity:
THE THROWBACK celebrated not only art but also community. Attendees relished curator tours hosted by Paul Becker himself, gaining unique insights into the artists' inspirations. Thought-provoking panel discussions, guided by co-curator Ryan E. Watson, delved into the creative minds of artists such as Michelle Hoogveld, Adrian O'Brien, William D. Higginson, Karl Hipol, Olga Rybalko, Pablo Zamudio, and Sean Jantzi.Certainly! "Art is a universal language, and 'THE THROWBACK' spoke volumes. The response from our art patrons and the Vancouver community was overwhelming. It's a testament to the power of art to unite, inspire, create lasting memories, and most importantly, make a positive change through our partnership with 'One Girl Can.'" (Paul Becker, Founder of Art Rapture)

A Heartfelt Thanks:
Art Rapture extends heartfelt gratitude to the event's presenting sponsor, Marcon, and generous supporters, including Sid + Jacqueline Real Estate Group, SafePacific, DailyHive, Beam Suntory, Bomber Brewing, Garden Granite, and Olé Cocktail Co. Their unwavering support ensured THE THROWBACK's resounding success. 

THE THROWBACK has left a memorable mark on the Vancouver art scene, demonstrating that when art, community, and philanthropy converge, extraordinary things happen. Stay tuned for future Art Rapture endeavours that promise to be equally captivating and transformative. "It was easily the best art party I've ever been to. I've never felt this amount of genuine art love in Vancouver." (William D. Higginson, Participating Artist at THE THROWBACK)

High-resolution images and artist bios are available upon request.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Ryan E. Watson
Co-curator, Art Rapture
Phone: 613-612-2440

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About Art Rapture:
Art Rapture is a revered fine art agency known for curating exceptional exhibitions and delivering collectibility and longevity to art patrons.

About Marcon:
Marcon, the presenting sponsor of THE THROWBACK, is a leading real estate developer renowned for inspiring creative endeavors.

About "One Girl Can":
"One Girl Can" is a charitable organization dedicated to empowering girls through education, and Art Rapture is proud to support their mission.