Natalie Avanessian

Dependent
Dependent, 2006 ed. 1/5
bronze, 5.25" × 4" × 4"
Me & Me
Me & Me, 2006 ed. 1/5
bronze, 5.25" × 5.5" × 4"

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Natalie Avanessian

Natalie Avanessian was born to an Armenian family in Manchester, England on June 4, 1981. When she was one and a half years old, her family moved to Iran. After graduating high school in Tehran, her father sent her to Armenia to continue her education. In 2002, she entered the Yerevan Fine Arts Academy for General Design and graduated as a designer in 2007. She was inspired by her sculpture professor, Nune Toumanyan, who furthered her ambition in bronze casting. During this time, Natalie arranged a bronze sculpture exhibition in memory of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and participated in several art competitions and exhibitions.

In 2007, she married Hovsep Seraydarian, and together they moved to Canada. Natalie uses her feelings and intuition to guide her sculpting, resulting in artwork that is simple, and yet full of expression through curvilinear forms. She is currently working towards creating new sculptures and preparing for future exhibitions.

 

 

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.


She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.