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 on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.