Art at the airport

Here at YSJ, another way that we connect to our community is by showcasing some of the best it has to offer.  We have the opportunity to display and share some amazing artwork by local artists– and with different artists being featured all the time, there is always something new to see.

Art Gallery Gallery Cases Welcome Wall Saint John Airport Permanent Collection Archive Galleries

Art Gallery

Roy Roy

This current series of photographic images are primarily of urban Saint John architecture from both the late 1970's and present day. The original photos have been digitally manipulated to render them somewhat similar to the illustrations found in comic books.  This form of Pop Art has the advantage of retaining the essence of the original composition & colour,  while creating a more graphic version of reality. This visual simplification allows the viewer to observe the subject matter in a manner not unlike a B&W photo. Pop Art, while acknowledging reality, deviates somewhat yet not so much as to break from the ties of realism. The result is an interpretation of an everyday reality that the public can still fully relate to.

Gallery Cases Current exhibit: September 2017 to Present

Wendy Johnston

Using white earthenware, underglazes and glazes, Wendy creates pottery that celebrates decoration for its own sake. Having travelled several times to Europe, Wendy became fascinated by the historical and decorative motifs
that were attached to centuries old monuments, gates, and almost any building made before the 20th century.

Upon her return to New Brunswick, Wendy noticed how little decoration we have in our surroundings. However, by scavenging in scrap yards, she found a richness of lines, colours and textures that were just as powerful in their visual appeal as European motifs. From these observations, Wendy created a solo exhibition entitled "Scavenging for Beauty" which was displayed at the City Gallery in Saint John in 2015. This bowl is a key piece from this show.

Larry Stewart

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I began weed weaving nearly 40 years ago. The weaving on display was completed after walks along the Kennebecasis River, where I would collect interesting bits of driftwood, sticks and weeds along the shoreline.

I spend lots of time digging in my garden and am fascinated by the shapes of roots. As a Landscape Architect, I have thought of these roots as maquettes for much larger pieces on street corners in downtown Toronto or Montreal. The two roots on display are evening primrose and cow parsnip.

I began painting with acrylics ("doodling with colour")10 years ago.


Larry Fagan ~ WoodWorks by Larry

WoodWorks by Larry

I am inspired by Art and Architecture, as well as the natural world around me, which is full of inspiration. I naturally seek harmony and balance and strive to express that balance through my work. After a career in engineering and teaching, I decided it was time for a new challenge. I have been fascinated with wood most of my life and have built furniture and other wood items, with occasional turning in the mix. Although satisfying, I was looking for more of a balance between art and craft. I found that balance in wood turning.


Izabell Fagan

I am inspired by the life which resides in, and passes through my yard and my favourite haunts - birds at my feeders, Spring fiddleheads along riverbanks and even the cats which wander through my yard.  They all fascinate me.  I watch them closely, carefully and then I try and to carve them in a way which suggests their essence but is without the distraction of too many details.  



Welcome Wall Current exhibit: September 2016 – Present

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Brian Comeau

Brian lives along the Bay of Fundy in Saint John with his wife and three children. His inspiration is drawn from the natural beauty of the Maritimes, with its picturesque landscapes, majestic coastlines and beautiful lakes and rivers. The Bay of Fundy, with its highest tides in the world and rocky rugged coastlines, is a favourite destination for Brian. 

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Rob Roy

Well-known New Brunswick photographer Rob Roy lives and works in the historic Trinity Royal area of Saint John. Although Rob has worked as a commercial photographer, he is best known for his artistic projects, which are particularly evident in his book Saint John (first published in 2004 and reprinted in 2013). This much loved book brings together everyday scenes of Saint John and has been a must-have book for visitors and residents of the city. 

Saint John Airport Permanent Collection

Fred Harrison

Fred says of himself, “I love to paint big.” A native of London, Ontario, Fred came to New Brunswick to take part in the Sussex Mural Celebration. While working here, he became captivated by the beauty of this province, and he is now at home in a small cottage in the wilds of Goshen. 

Although Fred has done many pieces of public art, his paintings can also be found hanging on the walls of many homes in New Brunswick and beyond.

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Michael McQuay

Native to Waterloo, Ontario, Michael worked as a commercial photographer in Toronto for many years. Sixteen years ago, seduced by the open space and brilliance of the Saint John River Valley, he traded urban life for rural. A self-taught artist, since 2001 he and his partner Cyndi Brittain have designed and produced original work from their Queenstown studio.

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