The door chimed, followed by a bang not long after. When Ian Tan rushed to see what’s happening, a painting was gone from his Vancouver art gallery.
“It was very, very brazen,” Tan told the Straight in a phone interview after the theft Monday (March 28).
Taken from the Ian Tan Gallery at 2321 Granville Street was Dragon Boats at Science, an oil painting by Warren Chiu, a Vancouver-born and now New York-based artist.
“To my knowledge, we are the latest victim of a string of robberies on South Granville in the last month,” Tan said.
The gallery typically opens at 10 a.m. Chiu’s painting was by the door.
The door’s chime sounded at around 10:30 a.m. when someone came in. A loud noise followed later, which Tan suspected to have been caused by the person hitting either the wall where the painting was hung or the door on the way out.