Photo of the art Dick J. VanderEyk, Bliss, 2008
Yellow Cedar

Jack Point

Bliss was donated to the City of Nanaimo and was placed in its current location in May 2008. The sculpture is situated near the first set of wooden stairs at Jack Point and Biggs Park. Bliss is a large wooden carving made of yellow cedar, depicting a seated person with a calm expression. A smaller person rests on the larger person’s back, pressing their faces close together.

Dick J. VanderEyk (1942-2012) was a self-taught artist that created wood sculptures and ink-wash paintings. His work was often inspired by his travels. He was born in the Netherlands and lived in many countries throughout his life including Australia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Canada. He lived on Vancouver Island during two periods in his life, the first being the late 1970s, and the second time in the 2000s. While living in Nanaimo from 2005-2007, he taught woodcarving classes at Nanaimo Art Gallery and carved there as part of exhibition programming.

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