Max Jacquiard is one of the finest and most respected artists in North America specializing in painting images of steam trains. Living in New Westminster, British Columbia and working from his studio in Coquitlam, Max is often referred to as the “Robert Bateman of trains” and is renowned for his photographic realism and attention to detail setting him apart from many other artists in his genre. A printer by trade, he began painting steam trains exclusively in 1980. His passion for his art and for his subject inpired him to produce a painting a month; upwards of 400 works to date. These beautiful acrylic images on canvas conjure up powerful visions of the strength and romance of the steam trains that have been a part of his life since his early childhood growing up in Flin Fon, Manitoba, and later in British Columbia. The nostalgic and evocative nature of his paintings have captured the imagination of steam enthusiasts from around the world. In 2006, Max, was inducted into The Canadian Railway Hall of Fame in the category of Industry Achievement; sharing the honour with such luminaries as Pierre Burton and Gordon Lightfoot. A recent book by train historian, Barrie Sanford, “Train Master, The Railway Art of Max Jacquiard”, features 100 of Max’s extraordinary paintings as it chronicles the history of the railway in British Columbia between 1925 and 1955. His paintings now grace the walls of many corporate offices and homes throughout Canada, the United States and abroad.
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