BEAM – Two Generations
April 6 - 25, 2019

An exhibition of works by artists Carl Beam (1943-2005) and Anong Migwans Beam.

Carl Beam worked in various photographic mediums, mixed media, oil, acrylic, spontaneously scripted text on canvas, Plexiglas, stone, cement, wood, handmade ceramic pottery, and found objects, in addition to etching, lithography, and screen process. Through this wide array of artistic practices he juxtaposed his personal history and historical events to create and illustrate an often politically charged message. By adopting a mixed media approach to his work, Beam developed a new platform to speak out against the unequal treatment of Indigenous peoples. A major retrospective of his work, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, was mounted in 2010 and went on to tour throughout Canada and the United States.

Anong Migwans Beam is a painter from Mchigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island and is inspired by the physical history of place, the natural landscape, and the relationship between water and memory. Anong was born to artist parents, Carl Beam and Ann Beam, who encouraged her to develop as an artist. She was raised with a meaningful connection to both her artistic familial roots and rich ancestral heritage. Beam's large format oil paintings incorporate a multitude of image making approaches, including photo transfer, printmaking and collage.

Carl Beam

Big Bear Journal 1
Big Bear Journal 1, 1986
photo transfer, graphite, plexiglass, 14" × 14"
New Time
New Time, 1983
watercolour on paper, 30" × 40"
Untitled (Buffalo Shields)
Untitled (Buffalo Shields), 1979
watercolour, 23" × 32"
Sadat I
Sadat I, 1982-3
ceramic, 14½" (D)
Sadat II
Sadat II, 1982-3
ceramic, 14" (D)
Summer Idiotica
Summer Idiotica, 1986
photo transfer, graphite, plexiglass, 14" × 14"
Epistemological Idiocy - Koan, 1999
mixed media on paper , 30" x 22"
Ojibwe Ancestors-2, 1999
mixed media on paper, 30" x 22"
Black Box Flight Recorder (No Exit), 1999
mixed media on paper, 30" x 22"
Three Graveside Figures
Three Graveside Figures, 1984
artist proof print, 46" × 30"
Untitled (Collage)
By Then Koan, 1985
photo transfer on Japanese paper, 38" × 25"
pottery-bull
Untitled (Mishibijiw, Underwater Panther), 1992
pottery, 10" × 12½"
Rockets etc.
Neo-glyph-1
Artist proof print , 32" × 48"
Various Concerns of the Artist
Various Concerns of the Artist, 1984
artist proof print, 46" × 30"
Wing Primordialsold
Wing Primordial, 1983
drypoint, etching, hand-coloured print, 40" × 30"

Anong Migwans Beam

Caribou on High
Elk, 2018
oil & photo transfer on canvas, 40" × 30"
Wanderer North Sea, 2018
oil on canvas, 60" × 48"
Protectors
Daylight Falcons, 2018
oil & photo transfer on canvas, 40" × 30"
Thunderbirds
Migrations, 2018
oil & photo transfer on canvas, 40" × 30"
Nighttime on the River
Nighttime on the River, 2018
oil & collage on wood, 12" × 24"
Expedition, 2018
oil & photo transfer on canvas, 40" × 30"


Slideshow

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.