A Local Artist Just Released An Epic Poster Bursting With Winnipeg Awesomeness
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but that doesn’t even begin to do justice to a local artist’s brand new Winnipeg-inspired poster.
Illustrator Alex Plante just released a print inspired by all things local, and she pretty much nailed it.
From the potholes to the Pizza Pop reference to Pooh patrolling with the Bear Clan, there’s so much going on that the poster warrants multiple looks. According to Plante, the piece took “a weekend of straight obsession.”
“Sometimes certain pieces are a slog, and sometimes you can’t sleep because you just have to get it done NOW,” says Plante. “This was definitely one of the latter pieces. I think I may have hurt my shoulder a bit because I wasn’t working at a table. Like a moron, I was sitting on the floor hunched over my laptop for way too many hours.”
According to Plante, the idea struck when a mysterious “Garbage Hill” sign appeared (and was just as quickly taken down) in the city’s Westview Park last month.
“So the Garbage Hill sign showed up and I laughed for days because it’s brilliant and should be a permanent fixture. I just love that Winnipeg sense of humour. And then Ace Burpee tweeted out his Garbage Hill T-shirts and I thought, ‘Yes, I should paint Garbage Hill.’ But then I had a better idea and the better idea was what you’re seeing now.”
When it came to the design of her homage to Winnipeg, Plante says she drew inspiration from The Simpsons.
“It reminded me of the Springfield “Hollywood Hills” sign in The Simpsons and I kinda thought we seem to really feel a kinship with that show (as a city),” she says. “We have multiple Simpsons graffiti fixtures around the city that specifically reference Winnipeg. I actually went and found screenshots of older Simpsons episodes to colour match my palette.”
(See page for full image) Tomorrow is the launch of @madehereforyou, a store with the works of over 90 local artists located in the Richardson building. A portion of all proceeds from the store go to children’s charities! Thanks to my friends at @vantagestudios, you can grab one of these prints at the grand opening tomorrow, 11-4! 12″x16″ : $15 24″x30.5″ : $30 48″x37.7″ : $80 (print to order only) – #winnipegartist #winnipegart #manitobaartist #mbartist #manitobaart #madehereforyou #artistsoninstagram #simpsons
Not surprisingly, Garbage Hill appears prominently in the poster, as do notable local landmarks like the Mint, the Esplanade Riel, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Golden Boy.
It also features mandatory representation of the Jets, the Blue Bombers and the Goldeyes, along with St. Boniface’s Louis Riel statue, Transcona’s beloved “Man with a hat” statue and The Cube (can you name the iconic local singer on stage?)
Closer inspection will also reveal some less obvious elements that any true Winnippeger will appreciate with pride, like the “world famous” Palomino Club and a billboard featuring a certain fashion mogul our city loves to hate.
Originally born in The Pas, Plante went to high school in Brandon and traveled around the world a bit before settling down in Winnipeg about five years ago. Since that time, her work – from Jets paintings to Winnipeg-themed toile de jouy (a classic fabric pattern from 12th century France) – has been informed and inspired by the city she now calls home.
Ok so #toiledejouy is my absolute favourite thing at the moment and I’ve been doodling whenever I have time between projects (i.e. standing in line at the Fringe) to get the hang of the art style. Anyway, this is my first Toile pattern: Winnipeg in the Summer! It’s a lot of road construction. – #winnipeg #winnipegart #winnipegartist #art #drawing #ink #illustration #manitoba #legislature #cmhr #cmhr_mcdp #toile #artist #artistsoninstagram #pattern
“It’s funny,” Plate says. “When I moved to Winnipeg a few years ago, I was fully planning on getting my degree and getting the heck out. And here I am now, no plans to leave and totally in love with this city. I’ve never felt more at home and I think I’m here to stay.”
Alex Plante’s Winnipeg prints are now available at a brand new all-local shop called Made Here, where a portion of all sales are donated to local children’s charities. You can also follow her on Instagram and check out her work at aplante.com.