Man Praying for His Children, 1973
acrylic on canvas, 48" × 48"
acrylic on paper, 29" × 21"
Saul Williams Artist Biography
Saul Williams, Native artist, Woodlands style.
Defy me, deplore me, degrade me-
I will still be there,
Struggling, cowering, breathing,
To my own satisfaction-
To which I will laugh
On my inflated ego.
I know who I am-
I have no need to ask.
I was born with tradition
Like a machine installed
With new parts.
These parts are part of me.
As for tradition-
Whatever was left was guarded,
So there is no need for me
To ask “Who am I”
‘Cause I know
From whence I be bred,
From whence I have come.
They said I am bastard-
A bastard, who ought to be
Devoured by bigotry and prejudice-
I have a heart too, feeling.
So like a child that guards its toy
I guard my own.
I cry to be heard and understood
For I meant no harm.
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Daphne 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 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.