It is so common for umbrellas to be black, but these provide poor visibility and are ubiquitous. Salish/Kwakwaka'wakw artist Maynard Johnny Jr decided to create an umbrella with a bold and bright design, to cheer people up during the dark winter months. The seamless canopy allows for an uninterrupted pattern, and it measures 46" across when open and 33.5" from handle to tip.
Maynard Johnny Jr, a resident of Chemainus, began his career as a teenager, and has continued his self-directed development of art-making. Recently, he began to venture from painting into jewellery and wood carving. He is inspired by notable artists including Robert Davidson, Art Thompson, Richard Hunt, and Mark Henderson. He was featured in the Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2 exhibit at the Museum of Art and Design, New York, in 2005. In 2009, Maynard's work adorned the cedar gift boxes that were given to special guests at the Canadian Juno Music Awards.