Robert Genn Artist Biography
Robert Genn was born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1936. He completed his formal training at the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia and the ArtCentre School in Los Angeles, California.
Robert Genn is internationally recognized as one of Canada's most accomplished artists. He has worked on location in the far corners of the world, painting subjects that have universal appeal. His paintings of Canada's West Coast and in the Rocky Mountains have received particular acclaim.
Harmonic patterns of colour and form illustrate grand themes which are transposed onto small panels and canvases in a manner similar to the members of Canada's Group of Seven, especially the work of Lawren Harris. Genn's larger paintings serve as powerful monuments to Canada and have formed an important part of the cultural heritage. (International Artist, article: Incredible Journey, pg.113)
Daphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97.
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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 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)