Carl Beam, R.C.A. (1943-2005)

100 Years Quantum Mysteries
mixed media on paper, 30" × 22"
New Timesold
New Time, 1983
watercolour on paper, 30" × 40"
Untitled (Buffalo Shields)
Untitled (Buffalo Shields), 1979
watercolour, 23" × 32"
Johnny Cash
mixed media on paper, 30" x 22"
Ojibwe Ancestors-2, 1999
mixed media on paper, 30" x 22"
Black Box Flight Recorder (No Exit), 1999
mixed media on paper, 30" x 22"
Three Graveside Figures
Three Graveside Figures, 1984
artist proof print, 46" × 30"
X-Ray Hand
mixed media on paper, 30" × 22"
Various Concerns of the Artist, 1984
artist proof print, 46" × 30"
Rockets etc.
Neo-Glyphs-1, 1984
coloured etching, A/P, 32" × 48"
By Then Koan, 1985
photo transfer on Japanese paper, 38" × 25"
Two White Spaces
mixed media on paper , 30" × 22"
photo transfer, 13¾" × 11"
Red Box, 1999
oil on canvas , 62" × 47"
Straight Graphic Work - 1
mixed media on paper, 30" × 22"
Untitled (Mishibijiw - Underwater Panther), 1992
ceramic, 10" x 12.5"
Untitled, 2000
mixed media on paper, 11.5" x 16"
100 Years Mchigeeng
mixed media on paper, 30" × 22"
Antlers/Fish, 1983
collage on plywood, 43" x 56" x 15"


Carl Beam, R.C.A. (1943-2005) – Artist Biography

Carl Beam R.C.A. (May 24, 1943 – July 30, 2005), born Carl Edward Migwans, made Canadian art history in 1986 as the first artist of Native Ancestry (Ojibwe), to have his work purchased by the National Gallery of Canada as contemporary art.

Beam worked in various photographic mediums, mixed media, oil, acrylic, spontaneously scripted text on canvas, works on paper, Plexiglas, stone, cement, wood, handmade ceramic pottery, and found objects, in addition to etching, lithography, and screen process.

Through these mediums he juxtaposed his personal history, traditional Woodland Native imagery and historical events to create and illustrate a politically charged message. By adopting a mixed media approach to his work, Beam distanced himself from the traditional school of art and developed a new platform to speak out against the unequal treatment of native peoples. He not only voiced his anger on his own past experiences, but ventured into commentary of significant historical eras. The Columbus Project is the largest series of work to this effect. In this suite, Beam directly challenges how history remembers the accomplishments of Christopher Columbus while downplaying the resulting turmoil on native peoples.

A major retrospective of his work, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, was on display from October 22, 2010 to January 16, 2011 and went on tour to different cities in Canada and the United States. It recognizes Beam as one of Canada's most influential artists who succeeded in eliminating the boundary between aboriginal and contemporary art.

Note: sold indicates the piece has been sold.

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 open at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario until January 21st, 2018. Afterwards, it will travel to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton and the Glenbow Museum in Calgary.

This exhibition was recently on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina. Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. (Photo credit: Kim Griffiths)

Rita Letendre

It is with profound sadness that Gallery Gevik announces the passing of our dear friend Rita Letendre, one of Canada’s most renowned, trailblazing artists. She passed away on November 20, 2021 after a long illness. She was 93 years old.