Indigenous First Nations Art

Anishnawbe Miinigozwin, by Ahmoo Angeconeb
Ahmoo Angeconeb
Cecil Youngfox
Wind Song, by Jackson Beardy
Jackson Beardy
Gift of Healing, by Leland Bell
Leland Bell
Benjamin Chee Chee
Red Stern
Eddy Cobiness
Blake Debassige
Goyce Kakegamic
Joshim Kakegamic
Anishnabe Freedom, by Roy Kakegamic
Roy Kakegamic
Rabbit and Thunderbird, by Kakepetum
Morley Kakepetum
Norman Knott
Going Down to the Lake
Jim Logan
Prairie Life Blood
Clifford Maracle
Norval Morrisseau
Maxine Noel
All Bundled Up to Go
Daphne Odjig
Saul Williams
Carl Ray
Michael Robinson
James Simon
Two Loons and Turtle, by Roy Thomas
Roy Thomas
Sinclair Sabourin
Spirit of Love
Clemence Wescoupe
David Beaucage Johnson

Indigenous First Nations Art - A Background History

Indigenous First Nations art in Canada was first recognized as Anishinaabe painting among Great Lakes tribes, notably the Ojibwe. The style was also known as Woodlands, Medicine or Legend Painting.

This 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 Woodlands 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.

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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 Letendre

It is with profound sadness that Gallery Gevik announces the passing of our dear friend Rita Letendre, one of Canada’s most renowned, trailblazing artists. She passed away on November 20, 2021 after a long illness. She was 93 years old.