Daphne Odjig : Centenary
September 28 to October 29, 2019

Daphne Odjig's paintings, drawings and prints span over fifty years and on this centennial anniversary of the artist's birth, Gallery Gevik is pleased to present a career-spanning retrospective and celebration, showcasing rare works from the 1960s to the 1990s. Opening Ceremony at 2:30 pm on September 28, 2019 by Dr. Elder Bob Phillips followed by a panel discussion on the Artist's life and work with multi-disciplinary artist and curator Bonnie Devine, art historian & curator Dr. Elizabeth McLuhan, & Chief Curator of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Sarah Milroy.

At the Fair
At the Fair, 1962
acrylic on canvas, 26" × 32¼"
The Magic Gun, 1971
acrylic on board , 30" × 40"
Blue Veil
Blue Veil, 1959
mixed media on paper, 22" × 28⅜"
Companions, 1978
acrylic on canvas, 40" × 32"
Dancing Spiritsold
Dancing Spirit, c. 1975
mixed media on paper, 18" × 12"
A Dream Unfoldingsold
A Dream Unfolding, 1977
ink on paper, 12" × 9"
Emerging from a Dreamsold
Emerging from a Dream, 1980
acrylic on canvas, 30" × 24"
Emotional Release
Emotional Release, 1977
mixed media on paper, 14" × 11½"
Nanabush and the Birds
Nanabush and the Birds, 1968
mixed media on paper, 36" × 24½"
Mirror of My Soul
Mirror of My Soul, 1986
acrylic on canvas, 40" × 32"
And Some Watched the Sunset, 2001
Serigraph, A/P VII, 28" × 24"
Praying with Grandmasold
Praying with Grandma, 1982
mixed media on paper, 13" × 14½"
The Spiritual World of the Medicine Man IIsold
The Spiritual World of the Medicine Man II, c. 1975
acrylic on board, 32" × 40"
Storyteller, 1969
mixed media on board, 27½" × 21½"
The Four of Us
The Four of Us, 1981
acrylic on canvas, 34" × 28"
Three Powerful Influencessold
Three Powerful Influences, 1981
acrylic on canvas, 48" × 40"
Gathering of Friends in the City of Jerusalemsold
Gathering of Friends in the City of Jerusalem, 1976
acrylic on canvas, 24" × 20"
Untitled Studysold
Untitled Study, 1958
pastel on paper, 18⅞" × 26¼"
Dance of the Autumn Leaves, 1972
pastel & acrylic on paper , 17" × 21"
Picking Flowers, 1978
ink & watercolour on paper , 14 1/2" ×10"
Reflection, 1967
pen & ink on paper, 30" × 22"
Dog Team at Rest #1, 1967
pen & ink on paper , 23" ×29"
The Medicine Dream
The Medicine Dream, 1970
Acrylic on paper, 35" × 24"
Untitled 1973
Acrylic on paper, 20" ×15"


Daphne Odjig

Daphne Odjig is one of Canada’s most celebrated and influential Indigenous artists. Her paintings, drawings and prints span over fifty years and on this centennial anniversary of the artist’s birth, Gallery Gevik is pleased to present a career-spanning retrospective and celebration, showcasing rare works from the 1960s when Daphne first began to explore her Aboriginal identity through to the more transcendental paintings of the 1990s.

Born in 1919 on Manitoulin Island’s Wikwemikong First Nation, of Odawa, Potawatomi and English heritage, Odjig first learned about art-making from her grandfather, Jonas Odjig, a tombstone carver who taught her to draw and paint. Odjig’s style underwent several developments through the decades, mixing traditional Aboriginal styles and imagery with Cubist and Surrealist influences. Odjig’s work is defined by curving contours, strong outlining, overlapping shapes and an unsurpassed sense of colour. In describing the inspiration for her work, Odjig has said that she “feels all aspects of life, and believes that it is all to be shared and recounted. It may not sound right to celebrate [death], but it is just as important to me to recognize loss and turmoil [as it is] to share joy.” Throughout her life, Odjig’s work has addressed issues of colonization, the displacement of Aboriginal peoples, and the status of Aboriginal women and children, bringing Aboriginal political issues to the forefront of contemporary art practices and theory.

In 1973, she was a founding member of the Professional Native Indian Artists Association — otherwise known as the Indian Group of Seven — which included Jackson Beardy, Eddy Cobiness, Alex Janvier, Norval Morrisseau, Carl Ray, and Joseph Sanchez. In Winnipeg a year later, she opened the first art gallery in Canada to represent First Nations artists exclusively. Odjig has received many awards and forms of recognition for her work, including the Order of Canada and the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Her work can be found in public and private collections around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Sequoyah National Research Center in Arkansas and the Government of Israel. Her work has been part of more than 30 solo and 50 group exhibitions around the world — including a 2009 solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada — and in 2011, Canada Post featured three of her paintings on a series of postage stamps.

Daphne was a source of inspiration to many, and her advice was simple: “just be yourself and let your imagination, thoughts, beliefs, views, visions — or whatever inspires you — be seen. Be vulnerable, and share what is inside you.” Daphne died in 2016 at the age 96 in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Note: sold indicates the piece has been sold.

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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.