Today the new Yukon Tourism banners were unveiled so now I can post the process of creating the artwork for the Yukon Banner for Canada’s 150th Anniversary. The task was to illustrate Yukon’s unique identity while recognizing its unity with, and contribution to, the rest of the country.
We have distinct First Nations, but imagery and culture is similar to some areas of BC and Alaska. Consequently, I selected Klondike (uniquely Yukon and world renown) era Mounties in Red Serge (a national iconic symbol), and incorporated the national flag to illustrate unity with Canada. The addition of Caribou antlers helps to further focus on Canada’s north.
The original artwork is a linocut, approximately 14×27 inches, printed with oil based ink, hand coloured with watercolour paint.
I look forward to seeing these and the five other new banners by Yukon Artists throughout Yukon.