Chris Cooper

Forest Floor
Forest Floor
oil tempera on panel, 8" × 12"
Reach Out
Reach Out
oil on canvas, 24" × 36"
Georgian Bay
Georgian Bay
oil on canvas, 20" × 40"
First Ice, Algoma Canyon
First Ice, Algoma Canyon
oil on canvas, 36" × 24"
Fog n' Ice
Fog n' Ice
oil on canvas, 48" × 72"
Grey Day in Saly Valley
Grey Day in Saly Valley, 2002
oil tempera on panel, 10" × 16"

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Chris Cooper – Artist Biography

Born in 1959, Chris Cooper was raised near Metcalfe, Ontario. His father, an Ontario College of Art alumni and set designer for the CBC, encouraged Chris' development with weekend and holiday painting and sketching trips in the Madawaska Highlands.

Chris graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1984, and during his last year at the college he mentored with Franklin Arbuckle. Arbuckle was an important influence due to his direct contact and working relationship with the Group of Seven.

A painting trip into Algoma with Arbuckle was the impetus to move near Mile 71½, Spruce Lake, along the Algoma Central Railway Line. While living in the North, Chris showed at the Art Gallery of Algoma in their 100th Anniversary Exhibition for Algonquin Park. He also founded the Algoma School of Landscape Arts where he has worked with and influenced many O.C.A. students.

Chris has been artist in residence at the McMichael Canadian Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario. From 1989 until 1996 his work was represented by Libby's Art Gallery. Following his association with Libby's, Chris entered an artists collective known as “DrawnonwarD” which mounted independent group exhibitions.

He is included in the collections of the CIBC, Likrilyn Investments, Nova Bancorp, Dundee Bancorp, Manulife Financial, Magna International Inc. and others both corporate and private.

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.