Born November 8, 1945, William John Costello "Gui" grew up on Okanagan Lake. With the sand between his toes he never lost his passion for the world around him. A true visionary, with a unique style inspired by feelings, visions and the world around him. Gui was committed to showcasing the vivid, distinct and unparalleled beauty of Canadian landscape through his art.
2 years of studies at L'Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, in Paris proved to be an unforgettable experience for Gui, one he would reminisce on throughout his life. Gui was an unbelievable artist who pursued each of his paintings with an unstoppable drive to make it the best he'd ever done. Heavily inspired by Vincent Van Gogh and The Group of Seven he was never one to shy away from aspiring to be HIS very best, and motivating others to do the same;
Gui was a man to be admired.
Gui died on April 6, 2014. He was 68 years young. Gui showed us that life is precious and a beautiful thing we are all granted only one of. Gui would want us to cherish and protect this one life we have been given and treat it as special as it is, he would want us to admire the beauty of each and every day, watch the sunset, rise to our challenges and overcome them. He would tell us that each challenge we face builds character. Find the good in everything and stop dwelling on the bad. Discover what will make you most happy and go for it - what is there to lose? Allow yourself to be the best you can be. Second best isn't an option. You don't have to be the best in the world, or the best in your field, you have to be the best that YOU can be.
This is the only life you get.
Make the most of it.
YOU are worth it.
A life plagued with hardship but never one to give up Gui lived many triumphs and defeats. Isolated and alone, he spent many long evenings creating masterpieces, most of which have never been seen. His dream of sharing his art was cut short when he died suddenly due to a heart arrhythmia. Gui left behind a legacy that deserves to be shared, his talents were far reaching and and our hope is you will enjoy them as much as we do.