Category: indigenous art

Ursula Johnson: Cultural Cocoon

Ursula Johnson, finalist for the 2017 Sobey Art Award, is an emerging performance and installation artist of Mi’kmaw First Nation ancestry.  Her Basket Weaving (Cultural Cocoon) series is an avant-garde version of use of the traditional materials

18/150: Alex Janvier -The Retrospective

Contemporary artist Alex Janvier was influenced by painters Wassily Kandinsky (Russian) and Paul Klee (Swiss) but his ultimate style is a unique Canadian combination of Indigenous and modern art. A retrospective of his career is on exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada. 

The Passing of Artist Beau Dick

I was sorry to hear of the passing of celebrated artist Beau Dick this week, a Kwakwaka’wakw master carver and a hereditary chief from the northern tip of Vancouver Island. He was known for his mask carvings and as an advocate for Aboriginal rights. You may have noticed […]

4/150: Shelley Niro of the Turtle Clan

Shelley Niro (1954) received a 2017 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, reflecting her dedication to producing art that contributes to Indigenous identity in Canada. Niro, a painter, photographer, filmmaker and mixed-media artist, is a member of the Turtle Clan of the Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) Nation, from the […]

Activist Indigenous Art

  Editor’s Note: With the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, hope for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women was realized. Read about the inquiry here.  This post from 2014 itemizes some of the artists who have propelled the issue into the public arena. The […]