Category Archives: Murals

Herschel Supply x Vancouver Mural Fest Instagram story feature.

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I am extremely grateful for all the shine I’ve been getting with all the projects I’ve been working on through my studio. Last week Herschel Supply put out a feature for Annie Chen and I through their Instagram stories.

It was a feature talking about our recent collaboration for our studio mural in the Westend (Nelson and Nicola) for this year’s Vancouver Mural Festival.

Our mural titled ‘Westend Bestend’ features everything that defines the Westend. In particular, my mural features Joe Fortes (A prominent figure in the early history of Vancouver, and the city’s first official lifeguard.) heading west towards English Bay and a great blue Heron taking flight while Annie’s mural is made up of beautiful patterns and cute tiny critters. Both murals converge at the tip of Nelson and Nicola with a two-faced raccoon which you’ll need to see in person for the full effect.

Big thanks to the Herschel Supply team for coming out to document our work and for the interview. Visit @herschelsupply on Instagram stories to go through our entire interview.

Follow us on our art adventures on Instagram.

Full project link: https://chairmanting.com/westend-bestend-vmf-2020

Photo by Stephen Wilde
Photo by Stephen Wilde
Studio crew. Photo by Stephen Wilde
From left to right: Annie Chen, Hubert Kang, Aiken Lao, Leah Gregg, Mark Illing, Carson Ting.
Studio mural by Annie Chen.
Photo by Hubert Kang Photography
A Father and Daughter moment.
Photo by Hubert Kang Photography.

Vancouver Mural Festival 2020, The Westend in collaboration with Lemonni.

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Really stoked to be part of the Vancouver Mural Festival again this year. This time I am collaborating with my studio mate, Annie Chen. She’s the crazy talented designer behind Lemonni Design.

This is Annie’s first year with the festival and believe it or not, this mural we’re working on is only her second mural! What a natural talent.

These photos were taken a few days ago by the award-winning photographer, Hubert Kang (Annie’s husband). He also runs Kindred & Scout, a production company that’s less than one years old but has already worked on products for Nintendo, Vancouver Whitecaps, Destination B.C., Fairmont Hotels, The National Film Board of Canada and much more.

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In front of our studio in the Westend, Vancouver. Super proud to be working alongside the ultra-talented, Annie Chen, Founder of Lemonni Design.
Photo by award-winning photographer and director: Hubert Kang
Day 1. Sketching out the mural.
Photo by the super talented Hubert Kang
Day 1. Sketching out the mural.
Our daughter Audrey is of course art directing.
Photo by the super talented Hubert Kang
Day 1. Sketching out the mural.
Photo by the super talented Hubert Kang
Day 1. The front of our studio.
Pictured from left: Aiken Lao and Mark Illing
Photo by the super talented Hubert Kang
Day 1. The front of our studio.
Mark Illing the zen master. Mark is not only super talented but also a real craftsman.
Photo by the super talented Hubert Kang

SFU’s Meet You By The Mural at the Harbour Centre, behind the scenes process video.

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⚡PSYCHED⚡ to share our ‘Meet You By The Mural’ BTS video. Watch to the end for a little fun surprise.

Months of work distilled down to 60 seconds to reveal our creative development process for SFU’s latest mural. From the initial ink on paper to digital assembly and finally, the physical installation of this giant mural, measuring 154 feet wide to over 14 feet high. Big ups to Prismtech Graphics Ltd. for the amazing quality print and bang-up installation job despite all the curvatures on the wall.

Project managed by Aiken Lao
SFU Project lead by Ailsa Brown
Illustration and Design: Carson Ting
Colour design consultant by Lemonni Design
Printed and installed by Prismtech Graphics LTD.

Meet you by the mural: Vancouver campus’ Harbour Centre building gets a makeover

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The entire panoramic mural

We’re so excited to finally share our latest mural design for SFU’s Vancouver campus at the Harbour Centre. This mural has been months in the making as it was carefully and meticulously planned while working closely with SFU’s marketing and communications team. We are immensely grateful for the guidance and leadership from everyone at SFU and especially to Ailsa Brown, the Communications and Marketing project director at SFU.

Laurie Anderson, executive director of the Vancouver campus, believes that “meet you by the mural” may become a common phrase once campus life resumes.

Here are a few photos from the installation process

“The mural also represents the convergence of creativity, consultation and collaboration—made possible by the imagination and expertise of our Communications & Marketing project director, Ailsa Brown, and local design studio, Chairman Ting, alongside feedback from the students, faculty and staff who work and learn at the Vancouver campus.”

Printed and installed by Prismtech Graphics.

“This colorful mural captures the essence of the university, and of the downtown campus in particular,” says Anderson.

Printed and installed by Prismtech Graphics.
Printed and installed by Prismtech Graphics.

The final installed mural:

Printed and installed by Prismtech Graphics.
Close up details of the mural (A total of 154′ wide).
Close up details of the mural (A total of 154′ wide).
Close up details of the mural (A total of 154′ wide).
Close up details of the mural (A total of 154′ wide).

VIDEO: A Dash Of Hope mural timelapse.

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Happy Friday!
Here’s a quick and fun process video of my HOPE mural.
The video was deliberately made gritty, dirty and scratchy, kinda like the state we’re in but we remain hopeful. Hope is what we need to keep our vision straight and bright. Have a great long weekend everyone! Music made by the talented Paul Chin from Toronto.

Turn up the volume!

Thank you:
Vancouver Mural Fest
Vancity Bank
Robson Street
City Of Vancouver
Goodbye Graffiti

A Dash Of Hope. A pop-up mural in Downtown Vancouver during the COVID19 lockdown.

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Location: 1168 Robson Street, Vancouver.
Digital captures from my Nikon D600 + Nikkor 50mm F1.4 non-ai while taking breaks.

A quick timelapse of my process.

Post-production notes:

The mural took 3 days in total. 1st day was mostly prep work. This included picking up paint and art supplies, priming the wall and sketch work (using a grid system and a good old fashioned chalk).

The grid technique I used for this mural project.

The 2nd day started early at 9am until 6pm. The bulk of the work was done on the 2nd day and on the 3rd day I spent half of the day finishing up details, fixing mistakes, and photographing the final wall.

Because of the COVID situation, I decided to solo the job to minimize any human interaction. The wall was done almost exclusively with spray paint (from Layout art supplies) for speed. I didn’t have access to water and didn’t know how I was going to treat greywater so it only made sense to spray bomb the whole wall.

Fun fact:

The fact that I was soloing the job meant I didn’t have anyone to look after my gear if I had to go to the bathroom, so I decided to not drink anything for the entire time I painted. I was in eco-mode for the entire time which I was quite surprised how well my body adapted. Happy that I didn’t have to resort to adult diapers. ;)


“Everything that is done in the world is done by HOPE.”

Martin Luther King

✨A Dash of Hope✨ is all we need. I’m super pumped about this new mural I did for the Vancouver Mural Festival and Vancity on 1168 Robson Street. Big thanks to Drew Young and the whole Vancouver Mural Festival team for inviting me to be among the 40+ artists to help brighten up the city with our art. It’s a sad sight to see what used to be a vibrant city to be now all boarded up in our battle against this pandemic.

We all just need a dash of HOPE while keeping away from each other and to stay home as much as we can to help continue to flatten this curve. We can do this.

Big shout out to City of Vancouver for the paint and supplies and Goodbye Graffiti for providing a protective coating to our (hopefully) temporary art. Also a big shout out to our amazing studio manager Aiken Lao for holding everything down remotely while I go paint. My apologies for all my late email, text, IG message responses.

Photo credit: Portrait shot by @Tootallthaison | A great talent. Give him a follow on IG.

Thank you to all the people that came to say hi from a safe distance, all the strangers that came up to give me props and thumbs up.

Digital captures from my Nikon D600 + Nikkor 50mm F1.4 non-ai while taking breaks.
Digital captures from my Nikon D600 + Nikkor 50mm F1.4 non-ai while taking breaks.
The talented Jopa stenciling tags on each and every mural. Check out his work on IG:
https://www.instagram.com/brotherjopa/

And finally to the random crow that stalked me for all three days, thanks for stealing my bag of skinny nibs. You can suck it crow bird.

A victory prance after wrapping up the project.
A work in progress shot.

True North, an art installation project for BCAA’s headquarters in Burnaby, B.C.

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Installed by our good friends at Willow & Stump.

True North was an art project that has been in the making for several months last year just this week all three art pieces have finally been installed as a permanent feature at the BCAA headquarters in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Installed by the front lobby of BCAA’s headquarters.

This project was the culmination of many months of collaborative ideation between our studio and the bright minds at BCAA’s marketing and brand team. The main focus was to visually tell BCAA’s brand story in a fun and positive way. Through many brainstorm sessions, we landed this visual concept that incorporated these brand pillar concepts: ‘Putting people first’, ‘Protecting our home’, ‘Doing the right thing’, ‘Shaping the future’, and ‘The power of community.’

Here’s a quick timelapse of our live painting sessions in Osoyoos.



We didn’t just want the artwork to be painted on commercial processed wood so we looked to our friend Adam Corneil from Naturally Crafted and Unbuilders for an eco-friendly approach. We ended up sourcing a 100-year-old fir wood from a demolished home in the Shaughnessy neighbourhood (King Edward and 41st area). 

Finalizing the art back in our studio in Vancouver.

We then got our friends at Willow and Stump to process the wood (the wood was in really rough shape when it arrived) and build us, three solid artboards, out of it. After the boards were built we had it couriered (6’ x 4’) to Osoyoos, B.C., where we would paint the approved art live during BCAA’s annual leadership conference which was held at the beautiful Spirit Ridge resort. Over the course of 3-4 days, we painted live on location among the hundreds of BCAA leadership staff that were in attendance. 

Aiken assisting on the live painting session.
Behind the scenes.
Tools of the trade.
Behind the scenes. Shot by Aiken Lao.

It was our first time in Osoyoos so we were in for a real treat. The town is gorgeous, to say the least, and the drive there was just spectacular because of the amazing scenery filled with rolling hills, lakes and mountain ranges.

The vineyard.
Sunset looking out from the resort.
We really lucked out with the weather.
It was an absolute stunner looking around our resort.
One of many cute towns we stopped by to breaks.
Love this hand-painted sign at a local fruit stand on our way back to Vancouver.