Sonny Assu “Let’s Dance”


In the summer of 2005 Vancouver Review launched one of its most popular features; the Centrefold. The idea stemmed from the print magazine tradition of including an image of a pin-up model inserted in the middle of the publication as a gatefold spread, intended for removal and posting to a wall.

Naturally we intended to subvert the idea and have artists create new works that would then be available for sale as limited edition prints. For the next six years we were honoured to have many great artists, established and relatively unknown, do wonderful and varied works for the feature. The relationships formed back then endure to this day.

Now that the VR no longer exists in print but is instead focused on video, we thought it would be great to relaunch the Centrefold feature but adapted for the digital platform. To that end we give you “Hi Def” a new series of works by several familiar artists and, in the future, some less familiar ones. The idea is to restrict the image aspect ratio to 16:9 which is the HD video standard to which we are all accustomed. Aside from that, it’s fair game!

Once again these pieces are available in limited editions of 20. They are again being printed by Fidelis and the image size is 24″ x 13.5″ with an additional 1/2″ border on top and sides and a one inch border along the bottom. They will be signed and numbered by the artists. Cost is $250 each plus any shipping/handling. Local sales include free delivery.

Contact [email protected] for more information.


These original works first appeared as centrefolds in the print edition of Vancouver Review magazine from 2005 to 2011.

All of these works are now available exclusively through Vancouver Review Media. They come in artist-signed archival editions of 20 (printed by Fidelis) at 16″ x 20″ and are available for $250.00 + shipping.

Most are still available. Send us a note for more information.

Love Bugs

Love Bugs – The Sequel

By Bernadette Phan. Drawing on board. From VR #9, Spring, 2006.

Wedman UFOs

Studies in Sepia: Types of Flying Saucer Craft Most Commonly Reported, 1948–Present

The first original VR Centrefold art by Neil Wedman from VR #8, Winter, 2006.


“Vancouver Skyline Re-imagined” by Marian Bantjes.

From VR #28, the final print edition, Fall, 2011.


“iHamatsa Rising” by Sonny Assu.

From VR #22, Summer, 2009.

One of our most popular Centrefold spreads. Not many of these left!

Retro Active Lifestyle

“Retro Active Lifestyle” by Lee Hutzulak

From VR #15, Fall, 2007.

This is wonderfully typical of Lee’s style. It was always a treat to commission him to do illustrations for the VR.


“How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria” by Val Nelson

From VR #19, Fall 2008.

A painting of Queen Mary Elementary School in Vancouver’s Point Grey neighbourhood. It’s timely to reproduce this one in light of the recent
destruction of General Gordon Elementary School in Kitsilano. Seismic upgrading supposedly necessitates the destruction of the older brick structures around town, many of which are schools with rich histories.

Plaza 8

“Plaza 8” by Bruce Emmett

From VR #19, Fall 2008.

A familiar sight for skaters and Bruce is both painter and skater.