ink sketch on paper, 9" x 23"
David Beaucage Johnson Artist Biography
David B. Johnson is a an Anishnaabe artist from Curve Lake whose mix of representational and semi-abstract elements create an environment teeming with the normally unseen. It is difficult to visit the “Teaching Rocks” in Peterborough, Ontario without envisioning the ancestral spirits David brings alive on canvas. The locations and landscapes have great significance in the paintings and are a part of the story they tell.
Artist Statement: I work in a range of mediums from flint, wood, stone, and leather; to paintings on canvas and paper including abstraction and life drawing; to photography, serigraphy, and offset lithography. My art is influenced by 12,000 years of local artistic expression in the Kawarthas from Kinomagewapkong to Harold Town. My art has been published in books and on wine labels for Magnotta Wines. I have taught art classes across the County through Artists in the Classroom grants, notably at the Haliburton School of Art and Design over the past 23 years.
Daphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97.
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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 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)