Sandra Hawkins

After Gaugin
After Gaugin
oil on canvas, 48" × 72"


Sandra Hawkins – Artist Biography

Sandra Hawkins is a dynamic independent visual and media artist working experimentally across medium and disciplines. Based in Ottawa, her paintings, photography, multi-media installations, videos and performance art are shown across Canada and internationally. These works participate in the ongoing aesthetic discussion on human identity, positioning, and perception.

A life-long learner, she also incorporates her love of world travel with her international art research, exhibitions and festivals. As part of her creative practice, she teaches and authors the acclaimed book: "The Business of Art for Canadian Visual Artists". Ms. Hawkins is a 2005 Premiers Award Nominee, which recognizes her commitment and excellence in the creative arts.

Ms. Hawkins holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, magna cum laude, from Ottawa University (1999), and a Certificate in Fine Arts from St. Lawrence College (1997). Previous degrees include the Masters in Environmental Studies from York University; and the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Architecture with post-graduate studies in Sociology of Culture and History from Carleton University.

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.

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