Lot 59 - Bill Laux, (Canadian 1925-2004), Modernist Batik Wall Hanging

Bill Laux, (Canadian 1925-2004), Batik Wall Hanging
ca. 1970
27 x 19 ins
Notes: signed "Vaki" in the lower right hand corner.
Bill Laux was working as a forester in California, when the U.S. Feder­al government expropriated his property for a park re­serve. That and the Vietnam War were enough to spark Bill and his wife Adele to move to the Great White North. They bought 100 acres outside the tiny town of Fauquier, BC.

Both Bill and Adele had artistic inclinations, which came to the fore when they met Jack and Janie Wise, who were running a batik factory in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, but had relocated to Cedar Springs Farm near Fauquier. The Wise's left after the initial years (Jack becoming a renowned painter on the west coast, known for his holistic miniature mandalas), while Bill and Adelle joined with other art­ists to form Vaki studios – a Tarahumara Mexican Indian word meaning “homestead”.

Batik was very stylish in the 1970’s and artists began to gather at the Laux’s in the summer to learn the art of waxing and dyeing fabric. Bill even travelled around teaching the craft throughout BC and Alberta.

When Vaki studios started booming it supported five full time artists who worked dur­ing the winter and sold on the road two months in the summer.

Vaki Studios sold at least 80 batiks a year, in British Columbia and along the west coast of the United States.

After Adele's death in 1975, 

Bill retired from batik to concentrate on building his “castle” above Twin Lakes. He worked without a plan and planned to never finish the eclectic building.

Bill Laux died of lung cancer in 2004. His Castle was still unfinished when he passed.

learn more about Bill and his colourful life here;


Lot Name
Bill Laux, (Canadian 1925-2004), Batik Wall Hanging
27 x 19 ins
ca. 1970
$75 - $85

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