Barry Tate Gallery


City Scapes & Buildings Gallery

I usually don't go looking for subjects to paint, they almost always find me! Sometimes it's an interesting looking tree or atmospheric light. Sometimes it's an unusual burst of color in an object or an interesting compositional geometry as in the case of cityscapes and buildings. Architectural subjects, particularly old ones can be fascinating and inviting. Below are a few of my favorites and others may already be in the works!

Description & Pricing

Original acrylic paintings on gallery wrapped canvas $ as marked

giclee on 28x38 gallery wrapped canvas $439 (enhanced with acrylic)
giclee on 16x20 gallery wrapped canvas $195 (enhanced with acrylic)
limited edition giclee on paper, 16x20 double acid-free mat $99

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Original acrylic on canvas paintings are made with the best artist grade, light fast pigments available and can be hung in brightly lit areas. The painting extends over to finish the edges so framing is optional. My 30 x 40" originals weigh a mere 2 1/2lb (less than a cup of coffee) so hanging is simple and easy using conventional picture hooks.

Please note that as some of the image is on the edge, the face dimensions are reduced accordingly. 30x40” = 28x38” and 18x22” = 16x20”

Original paintings always look more impressive in real life than on the internet. Your satisfaction is important to me. If you are not completely happy with your purchase, I will naturally refund 100% of your sale.

Acrylic giclée prints on canvas look very similar to original paintings and are the best type of reproductions available today. They have a waterproof acrylic finish and a special mirrored edge treatment that simulates the painted edge of the original works so are ready to hang as is.

Giclees on paper are supplied with a double acid free mat and foam backing board. All you need is a common 16x20" frame.

Mat options are:

silver gray with dark blue inner mat - nice traditional look.  A mid to dark colored frame looks best

dark blue on dark blue -  dramatic and bold look, very powerful. Best with a light colored metal or wood frame.

white on white - traditional gallery choice, classy and elegant.  Goes with all decors. Best with a mid to medium dark frame.



Bird Cages Walk
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)

Built in 1915, Birdcages Walk is the oldest grocery store still operating in Victoria. It is located at the corner of Government Street and Michigan, just behind the Parliament buildings (where the store got it's name).

The domed tops of the parliament buildings used to be referred to as "bird cages", as they looked a lot like the old bird cages of days gone by.

One of the hardest yet most rewarding paintings I've done, the drawing was tricky. Years of sagging and warping has caused the facing boards to bend gently in and out of original alignment!


Bastian Square
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)

An ancient part of the original down town core of Victoria BC, Bastion Square now serves as a chic area for shops, restaurants and the Maritime Museum above.

In the summer from May to September, the square is transformed by local artisans into a thriving arts and crafts market. Robert Whittle a local author made popular through his Lizzie series books, can be seen standing near his yellow folded tent on the left. A link to some of his books is



Foo Hongs
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)



Fan Tan Alley
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)


Calgary Alive
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)

One of most rewarding elements for me as an artist, is the infinite range of subject ideas I get from my clients. "You should paint Bird Cages Walk, a rooster, my dog, crazy cows doing something...

I love to paint and I love variety so it is a wonderfully natural synergy. Calgary Alive was inspired this way. I wasn't long into the painting when it hit me like my other cityscapes. This is going to take a very long time!

Cityscapes like portraits demand a certain accuracy but there's no point in just painting what a camera can do. Interpreting the scene through one's own experience is what creates the art and in the end makes the whole process rewarding. Calgary isn't new. It's been one of the fastest growing cities in North America since I was in grade school- a long time ago! Still the city seems young, clean and vibrant. A workable blend of corporate head quarters and generous green spaces along the river. Very busy, very alive.


Donegal Homestead
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)

Donegal Ireland

Situated on the beautiful northwest coast of Ireland, this Donegal homestead makes us long for the days when life was simpler. No cell phones, computers and personal pocket assistants to fuss with.

Pegs can be see protruding from under the eves- the traditional way of anchoring down the grass of the thatched roofs.



Impressions Of Chinatown
30" x 40" acrylic on canvas, $ sold
(prints available)

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