Michael Robinson (1948-2010)

The Path of No Choice
etching, ed. 72/99, 18" × 14"
Heading For the Winter Camp, Lake Superior, 1994
acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"
God of the Wilderness
etching, ed. 34/95, 32" x 24"


Michael Robinson – Artist Biography

Michael Robinson (b: 1948; d: July 27, 2010).

Michael Robinson continues his exploration into the spiritual realm by illuminating the spatial monumentality of the world in which we live. People are insignificant beings in relation to the universe and the linear comprehension of time is challenged.

Michael Robinson questions history through juxtaposed images that represent fragments of time. Surreal landscapes come alive and the human realm is easily metamorphosized into the animalistic and the spiritual.

Robinson writes: "There is great mystery in the actions of a spiritual man as he goes about his life, weaving in and out of the mystery of the earth's spiritual state of being. I find myself more and more being drawn to the need to record this ever-changing mystery. Not to dissect it or label it, but just to touch it with my brush, my pencil or my words. Of late, I have been exploring the use of light, light sources and colour to better understand and move freely on this path I have chosen. These images I leave behind."

Selected Collections

  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, ON
  • Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, QC
  • Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON
  • Glenbow Art Institute, Calgary, AB
  • Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON
  • Museum of Anthropology, Denver, Colorado

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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.