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

Rockets etc.
Rockets etc.
A/P, 22" × 30"
Untitled (Collage)
Untitled (Collage)
mixed media on paper, 28" × 25"
A History Lesson #3sold
A History Lesson #3, 1990
photo transfer, 10½" × 7"
Interview
Interview
photo transfer, 13¾" × 11"
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mansold
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1990
photo transfer, 10½" × 7"
Sitting Bull and Appearance
Sitting Bull and Appearance
acrylic on paper, 22" × 30"
New Medicine
New Medicine, 1979
acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 68" × 50"
Untitled, 2000
Untitled, 2000
mixed media on paper, 11.5" x 16"
Sadat I
Sadat I, 1982-3
ceramic, 14.5" (D)
Sadat II
Sadat II, 1982-3
ceramic, 14" (D)

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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 until January 16, 2011 and is now touring through 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.

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.