Ken Christopher

Bobcaygeon Rocks I
Bobcaygeon Rocks I
oil on canvas, 30" × 34"
Maple and Birch
Maple and Birch
oil on canvas, 24" × 28"
acrylic on canvas, 10" × 12"


Ken Christopher – Artist Biography

Ken Christopher was born in Saskatchewan in 1942, and perhaps it was his prairie upbringing which inspired his keen interest and understanding of the natural environment. Whether he is painting in Alberta, New Mexico or New Hampshire, Christopher's exuberant use of paint and brushwork magically creates a sense of place and space, capturing the essence of each of his uniquely appealing locations. He is one of country's most important contemporary landscape painters with work that is at once figurative and abstract. His brush strokes are bold and vigorous, evocative of both the land and his own joy of painting.

Ken Christopher has been included in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions across Canada, including the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Nickle Arts Museum in Calgary and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. His works can be found in important collections including the Prime Minister's residence, the Canada Council Art Bank, Xerox Canada, Shell Canada, Esso Resources, the Royal Bank of Canada, the Bank of Montreal and the Glenbow Museum.

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.

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