Maxine Noel

gouache and ink on paper, 20" × 30"
Full Moonsold
Full Moon
acrylic on canvas, 36" × 12"
The Visit
The Visit
gouache and ink on paper, 21½" × 28"
The Visit
Earth's Drumbeat
gouache and ink on paper, 16" circle


Maxine Noel – Artist Biography

Maxine Noel is Santee Oglala Sioux, born on the Birdtail Reservation in south-western Manitoba. Through a combination of transparent images, flowing lines and subtle colours, Maxine seeks to present the sensibilities and characteristics of the Native people.

Noel was one of the first artists to work with the Canada and Africa Village Twinning Programs, and she is a founding Board Member of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation. Noel has also lectured at the Saskatchewan School of Fine Arts, the University of Western Ontario, the Ontario College of Art, and served as a panel member at the Canadian Heritage Symposium for the Minister of Culture.

Maxine Noel believes that there is a common bond that links all cultures of the world. She has participated in video productions and given many television and radio interviews to assist in bridging the gap between Native and non-Native communities. Her dedication, commitment, strength, and self-determination make her a valuable role model for all Canadians. Maxine Noel has received the Golden Jubilee Medal, a creation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in honor of her outstanding service to Canada.

"Art is the purest and truest expression of an individual . . . within it are all manners of things one is not always able to express visually." — Maxine Noel (IOYAN - "To Walk Beyond")

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.