Icons of Aboriginal Art
May 7 to May 30, 2015

Daphne Odjig  ·  Eddie Cobiness  ·  Alex Janvier  ·  Carl Ray
Jackson Beardy  ·  Joseph Sanchez  ·  Norval Morrisseau

During the 1970s the PNIAI group (Professional Native Indian Artists Inc.) stimulated a new way of thinking about the lives and art of First Nations people. Inspired by the legacy of their ancestors, they translated a world of knowledge based on individual experience and cultural heritage. While their styles and techniques vary from artist to artist, a contemporary indigenous aesthetic is apparent in the vivid colours, dynamic forms and non-European sensibility that pervades their work.

Daphne Odjig

The Pub
The Pub, 1962
oil on canvas board, 24" × 30"
Peace Pipe Smoker
Peace Pipe Smoker, c.1968
pastel on paper, 36.5" × 24.5"
The Four Winds
The Four Winds, 1981
oil and pastel on paper, 28" × 22"
The Medicine Dream
The Medicine Dream, 1970
acrylic on paper, 36" × 24"
They Were Young
They Were Young, 1977
oil on canvas, 24" × 18"

Eddie Cobiness

Red Stern
Red Stern, 1975
acrylic on canvas, 30" × 36"
Medicine Man talking to the spirits
Medicine Man talking to the spirits, 1975
oil on canvas, 36" × 54"

Alex Janvier

North Watershed
North Watershed, 2004
oil on canvas, 40" × 40"
Three Way Fireworks
Three Way Fireworks, 1973
acrylic on canvas, 18" × 24"
World Together Drum Song
World Together Drum Song, 2006
watercolour on paper, 22" circle
Fish Net
Fish Net, 2008
watercolour on paper, 23" × 30"
Acoma Flyway
Denesuline Lifeline, 2012
oil on canvas, 30" × 24"
Thunder Power
Thunder Power, 1992
acrylic on canvas, 48" × 36"
The Doctorate Connectors
The Doctorate Connectors, 2008
acrylic on linen, 48" × 36"

Carl Ray

Fish, 1976
acrylic on paper, 23" × 31"
acrylic on paper, 25" × 21"
Thunderbird in Human Form
Thunderbird in Human Form, 1972
acrylic on canvas, 30" × 24"

Jackson Beardy

Three Birds
Three Birds, 1975
ink and gouache on paper, 20" × 15"
Woodpecker, 1975
ink, graphite and gouache on paper, 15" × 20"

Joseph Sanchez

The Apache
The Apache, 1972
pencil on paper board, 28" × 22"
Man and Banana
Man and Banana, 1974
watercolour, 24" × 18"
The Vision of Joseph, the Coming
The Vision of Joseph, the Coming, 1972
pencil and paper, 12" × 18"

Norval Morrisseau

Pierre, Sandy Lake
Pierre, Sandy Lake, 1966
acrylic on board, 25" × 15"
Untitled (Bird)
Untitled (Birds)
acrylic on board, 32" × 40"
Fish, early 1960's
gouache on paper, 18½" × 30½"


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 LetendreGallery Gevik congratulates renowned Canadian and International abstract painter, Rita Letendre, on her first major museum retrospective exhibition outside of Québec. Rita Letendre: Fire and Light is now open until September 17, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

This exhibition, which covers Letendre's career from the 1960's to 2000's, is co-curated by Wanda Nanibush and Georgiana Uhlyarik. The retrospective features nearly forty large-scale paintings drawn from major national public and private collections.

Letendre was widely exhibited with the artistic groups, Les Automatistes and Les Plasticiens. She has received the Governor General's Award in Visual Arts, the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, and the Orders of Canada, Ontario and Québec. Click here for more details.