Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated
March 10 to April 4, 2020

Gallery Gevik is pleased to present an exhibition of visionary paintings by the 7 trailblazing members of the Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated. This Group of Seven was a ground-breaking cultural and political entity that self-organized in 1975 to demand recognition as professional, contemporary artists and stimulated a new way of thinking about First Nations people and their art.

Norval Morrisseau (1932-2007)

Shaman and Apprentice, 1978
acrylic on canvas, 52.5" × 32"
Quail Family, 1973
acrylic on board, 33.25" x 32.25"
The Artist as Jesus Christ, c. 1966
acrylic on kraft paper , 62.5" ×31.5"
Untitled (Fish), c. 1969-70
acrylic on kraft paper, 29" ×39½"
Untitled (Portrait), c. 1969-70
acrylic on wood panel, 48" × 30"
Mother Bird, Chick & Fish, c. 1970
ink and acrylic on paper, 18.25" x 23.5"

Alex Janvier

Sand Strata in Fountain, 1975
gouache on paper, 22" × 30"
Into the Big Picture (Apple Series), 1989
acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36"
"1867", 1967
oil on board , 22" × 30"
U.S.A. Visitors, 2012
water colour on paper, 30" ×23"

Daphne Odjig (1919-2016)

Emerging from a Dream, 1980
acrylic on canvas, 30" × 24"
Dancing Spirit, c. 1975
mixed media on paper , 18" × 12"
My World, Their World, 1979
acrylic on canvas, 26" × 24"
Emotional Release, 1977
mixed media on paper, 14" ×11.5"
Companions, 1978
acrylic on canvas, 40" × 32"
Guidance from an Elder, 2008
coloured pencil on paper, 10" × 9"

Jackson Beardy (1944-1984)

Untitled, 1981
acrylic on paper , 15" × 22"

Eddy Cobiness (1933-1996)

Thunderbird, 1980
mixed media on canvas , 36" × 29"
Red Stern, 1975
acrylic on canvas, 36" × 30"

Carl Ray (1943-1978)

Moose, 1977
acrylic on canvas, 30" x 40"
Fish, 1976
acrylic on paper, 23" × 31"

Joseph Sanchez

Man and Banana, 1974
watercolour , 24" × 18"
Fishing on a Prehistoric Lake, 1973
ink & acrylic wash on paperboard, 22" x 28"

In 1971, Daphne Odjig’s print shop and gallery, Odjig Indian Prints of Canada,had become a gathering place in Winnipeg for spirited artistic and political discussion.  She, along with artists Jackson Beardy, Eddy Cobiness, and Joseph Sanchez regularly met to talk about their professional aspirations, their experiences as outsiders in the Canadian gallery establishment, and their encounters with institutional barriers. The general attitude in Canada at the time was that Indigenous art consisted primarily of handicrafts and ethnographic artifacts and should be most appropriately displayed in a natural history museum. They discussed strategies for bringing about change and to this end they invited other Indigenous artists across the country to join in the quest for self-determination and professional advancement. Odjig’s courage and determination were huge motivating factors and three additional artists, Alex Janvier from Alberta, and Carl Ray and Norval Morrisseau from Ontario, responded to the call. The seven members formalized their association in 1972 as Professional Native Indian Artists Inc.  Shortly after, following a number of successful professional group exhibitions of their work, they were dubbed the Indian Group of Seven by the Winnipeg Free Press.


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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.