Jim Robb is a Yukon artist and story collector who has been drawing and painting squatter shacks, false fronted wooden buildings, log cabins, log skyscrapers, and the people who inhabit them, who he calls “The Colourful Five Percent,” for the past 50 years. He has an exhibit at the MacBride Museum in Whitehorse this summer that I am excited to check out.
A local business owner purchased a Jim Robb painting with broken glass and a blood stain for $10.
The owner, who said he preferred not to give their name, said he ran across the painting of the Gold Rush Inn last Friday evening when he bought it from a man who was stumbling down the street near his store in the city’s downtown area.
“It was around 10:30 on Friday night. A man was stumbling with a picture. I knew right away what it was,” the owner said.
“I gave him $10 for it; I knew it had to belong to somebody. He took the money and spent it in my store. He bought Listerine and coffee.”
The owner said he would like to give the painting back to its rightful owner – whoever that may be.
The original, he added, went for $5,000 but is still in the hands of its original owner.
From The Whitehorse Star