Two original artworks now adorn the outside of the Parks Canada Banff Visitor Centre. Once a well-known auditorium in the 1930s for the Banff School of Fine Arts and today a heritage building, it will once again contribute to the promotion of art education in the park. With its perfect location in the Welcome Kiosk, it is expected to be viewed by over 135,000 annual visitors who seek information services while in the park. In fact, it is likely to be appreciated by a whole lot more visitors exploring Banff Avenue as the brilliant colours and exposed wood inlay technique is highly noticeable and unique.
McGurk arrived in Lake Louise at 18 years old being drawn to the excitement of mountain living and outdoor adventure. Full of passion for discovery and expression, and the love of mountain biking, McGurk began a journey of exploration leading him to a unique artistic style combining new wood materials with traditional wood-working techniques. Influenced by the works of Canadian artists Lawren Harris, Ted Harrison and Bill Weber, Fraser uses intense colours and bold simple lines. The end result is an expression of strength, majesty and the haunting beauty of rocky mountain landscapes.