Rick Rivet: Tracks Through the Firmament
May 25 to June 13, 2019

Rick Rivet

Crossing - 6
Crossing - 6, 2011
acrylic on canvas, 43" × 45"
Depths, 2012
acrylic on canvas, 44" × 48"
Franklin Expedition - 2
Franklin Expedition - 2, 2018
acrylic on canvas, 43" × 42"
Franklin Expedition - 3
Franklin Expedition - 3, 2018
acrylic on canvas, 43" × 43"
Inside Passage
Inside Passage, 2012
acrylic on canvas, 43" × 44"
Kispiox - 2
Kispiox - 2, 2014
acrylic on canvas, 52" × 53"
Landscape/Figures - 4
Landscape/Figures - 4, 2018
acrylic on canvas, 40" × 40"
Landscape Flux - 1
Landscape Flux - 1, 2013
acrylic on canvas, 43" × 44"
Landscape Flux - 4
Landscape Flux - 4, 2014
acrylic on canvas, 43" × 44"
Nocturnal Being - 4
Nocturnal Being - 4, 2015
acrylic on canvas, 53" × 54"
Northwest Passage - 4
Northwest Passage - 4, 2018
acrylic on canvas, 65" × 60"
Northwest Passage - 5
Northwest Passage - 5, 2019
acrylic on canvas, 66" × 64"
Red Sky
Red Sky, 2015
acrylic on canvas, 43" × 44"
Suspension - 3
Suspension - 3, 2010
acrylic on canvas, 44" × 43"


About the Exhibition

Rick Rivet

Gallery Gevik is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Rick Rivet. Tracks Through the Firmament features a selection of Rivet's most recent work, highlighting his exploration of Shamanistic beliefs, captured in dream-like canvases of rich colour. The mix of Aboriginal imagery and abstraction creates an otherworldly aesthetic that suggest an escape into the unknown. With hints of past lives and remnants of the present, Rivet's work is a timeless example art that inspires dreams, and connects with us on a deeper, spiritual level.

Born 1949 in Aklavik Northwest Territories, Rivet's formative years were spent on the Mackenzie River Delta, in a culturally diverse community consisting of Inuit, Métis, and various Europeans. His personal history was also rich and varied, having a mother of the Athapaskan First Nations, a Scandinavian father and an adopted family of Scottish descent. Following high school years in Inuvik, Rivet travelled to Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to embark on his post-secondary education. Rivet draws from his experience of the rich diversity of Inuit, Indian and Métis culture. He is also influenced by other ancient shamanistic societies throughout the world, philosophical thought centered on the idea of the universal unconscious, and his interest in the art movements of Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. For Rivet, art is a meditative process, one that mirrors the shaman's function as mediator between the spirit world and the world of the human.

Rivet's work is exhibited nationally and internationally, and he is honored to have received many awards and accolades over the years including the Eiteljorg Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, IN and the Andy Warhol Foundation Fellowship from the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ. A solo public exhibition, Rick Rivet Paintings 2000-2005 was mounted by the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatchewan and toured Canada into 2008. Rivet's work is represented in such collections as The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Canadian Museum of History, The Thunder Bay Art Gallery, The Glenbow Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and The Heard Museum, Arizona.

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.