Woodland Indian and First Nations Art

Anishnawbe Miinigozwin, by Ahmoo Angeconeb
Ahmoo Angeconeb
Eagles, by Carl Beam
Carl Beam
Wind Song, by Jackson Beardy
Jackson Beardy
Gift of Healing, by Leland Bell
Leland Bell
The Antlers
Benjamin Chee Chee
Red Stern
Eddy Cobiness
Nanabohozo's Tricks, by Blake Debassige
Blake Debassige
Thunderbird, by Goyce Kakegamic
Goyce Kakegamic
Drumming Partridge, by Joshim Kakegamic
Joshim Kakegamic
Anishnabe Freedom, by Roy Kakegamic
Roy Kakegamic
Rabbit and Thunderbird, by Kakepetum
Morley Kakepetum
Thunderbird, by Norman Knott
Norman Knott
Going Down to the Lake
Jim Logan
Prairie Life Blood
Clifford Maracle
Untitled (Loons and Fish)
Norval Morrisseau
Maxine Noel
All Bundled Up to Go
Daphne Odjig
Carl Ray
TInstinctual Knowledge
Santee Smith
Two Loons and Turtle, by Roy Thomas
Roy Thomas
Baefin Spanish Company, by Angus Trudeau
Angus Trudeau
Sweat Lodge, by Randy Trudeau
Randy Trudeau
Man Praying for His Children, by Saul Williams
Saul Williams


Woodlands Style

The Woodlands style, Woodlands School, or Anishinaabe painting is an genre of painting among Great Lakes tribes, notably the Ojibwe. The style is also known as Medicine or Legend Painting.

The style was founded by Norval Morrisseau, a First Nations Ojibwe artist from northern Ontario, Canada. He learned Ojibwe history and culture primarily from his grandfather Moses "Potan" Nanakonagos and later collected traditional narratives from his tribe in the 1950's. This oral history provided subject matter for his paintings, and he drew upon dreams and visions. Morrisseau said, "all my painting and drawing is really a continuation of the shaman's scrolls." Ojibwe rock art and birch bark scrolls, Wiigwaasabak, were stylistic antecedents of the Woodland style.

This visionary style emphasizes outlines and x-ray views of people, animals, and plant life. Colors are vivid, even garish. While Morrisseau painted on birch bark initially, the media of Woodland style tend to be western, such as acrylic, gouache, or watercolor paints on paper, wood panels, or canvas.

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.

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.