Alex Janvier

Sand Strata in Fountain, 1975
gouche on paper, 22" × 30"
Pun Emusold
Pun Emu, 1994
acrylic on linen, 48" × 36"
Apple Warshirt - Legend of Legendssold
Apple Warshirt - Legend of Legends, 1989
acrylic on canvas, 36" × 30"
Untitled - Apple Series
Into the Big Picture, 1989
acrylic on canvas, 48" × 36"
The Doctorate Connectors
The Doctorate Connectors, 2008
acrylic on linen, 48" × 36"
Acoma Flyway
Denesuline Lifeline, 2012
oil on canvas, 30" × 24"
Jet Tracesold
Bush Boy, 2012
oil on canvas, 36" × 24"
Sleep by Day Bird
Sleep by Day Bird, 2007
acrylic on canvas, 24" × 20"
North Watershedsold
North Watershed, 2004
oil on canvas, 40" × 40"
Land Pre Contact
Land Pre Contact 2001
acrylic on canvas, 24" × 20"
Wild Man
Wild Man, 2001
acrylic on canvas, 24" × 20"
Jacqueline's Birthday, 1973
acrylic on canvas, 36" × 24"
Space Timer
Space Timer, 2001
acrylic on canvas, 72" × 48"
Eagle Insect, 1975
silkscreen, ed. 33/49, 39" x 41.5"
Space Blue Smash
Space Blue Smash, 2001
acrylic on canvas, 72" × 48
Letting Gosold
Letting Go, 2006
watercolour on paper, 22" circle
Sowhayna #2, 2017
watercolour on paper, 18"
Pope Francis #1, 2013
watercolour on paper, 18"
U.S.A Visitorssold
U.S.A Visitors, 2012
watercolour on paper, 30" × 23"
Primrose Lake Sand Paintings #10
Primrose Lake Sand Paintings #10, c. 1990
watercolour on paper, 30" × 23"
Spring Time Prosperity
Spring Time Prosperity, c. 1990
watercolour on paper, 30" × 23"
Wheel of Progress
Wheel of Progress (PLAWR Series), 1995
watercolour on paper, 22" × 30"
Good Music Friday
Good Music Friday, 2012
watercolour on paper, 23" × 30"


Alex Janvier – Artist Biography

Born Alexandre Simeon to one of the chiefs on the Le Goff Reserve, the young Janvier was raised traditionally and spoke the Dene language. Unlike many Indigenous artists of the era, he received formal training at what is now Calgary's Alberta College of Art, and then instructed for the University of Alberta Extension Department.

Janvier was appointed advisor for Expo '67's Indians of Canada Pavilion and was a member of the Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated, or the 'Indian Group of Seven.' Renowned for linear non-representational works which combine his knowledge of abstracted work in beads and quills with modernist Western sources, from 1961 to 1977 Janvier manifested his politicization by signing paintings with his treaty number. He represented Canada (with Betty Goodwin) in a Canadian / Chinese cultural exchange (1985), and created murals for the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Québec (1989).

— © First Nations Art: An Introduction to Contemporary Native Art in Canada

Selected Collections

  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, ON
  • Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, QC
  • Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal, QC
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
  • Glenbow Art Institute, Calgary, AB
  • Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON

Note: sold indicates the piece has been sold.

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 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.