Tierney Milne

In the last few years, the streets of Vancouver have undergone a bit of a makeover

Mainly part of the explosion of the Vancouver Mural Festival, a city-wide initiative that connects artists with public spaces, corridors of the city have been swathed in graphic murals from a wide-ranging breath of artists.

Vancouver-based artist Tierney Milne has become a favorite in the city with murals in public spaces as well as some of the hippest offices in town. Her distinctive style blends graphic hard-edge geometry with bold color—transforming spaces in to a kaleidoscopic experience.

Farmboy Fine Arts caught up with the muralist over coffee to chat about the psychology of space and creating unexpected moments in art.


How did you make your way into creating murals?

I was in psychology originally, I was really excited to be thinking about how people are looking at artwork, and understanding the preceptive of viewing artwork. So, when I got out of school I didn’t want to continue in a lab setting and I wanted to make the artwork.


Was it an easy transition into scaling up to murals?

Murals, they kind of came naturally and unexpectedly. I had never really gotten into that scale but it didn’t really feel that strange to scale up. I was thinking about the space so intensely: how people are using the room and I want the murals to be interactive.

I think art has the capacity to be something beautiful to look at but I also like the idea that art can be an immersive experience, something more. I like the idea of someone finding unexpected moments as you move through a mural.

Where are your pieces in the Vancouver?

Some of them are in private office spaces, but there’s a few public ones. One at the MakerLabs building [in East Vancouver], another basketball court mural on Great Northern Way. That’s a favorite of mine.


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