Glenna Matoush

White Buffalo
White Buffalo
mixed media on canvas, 43" × 48"
Cheyak (Brother) Bear
Cheyak (Brother) Bear
oil/mixed media paper, 17" × 15½"
Gaggosh Muukshaan
Gaggosh Muukshaan, 2009
acrylic/mixed media on canvas, 36" × 24"
Home
Home, 2009
acrylic/mixed media on canvas, 36" × 24"
Transporting Souls
Transporting Souls, 2009
acrylic and mixed media on board, 36" × 24"
Shaman Transporting Souls
Shaman Transporting Souls, 2009
acrylic/mixed media on canvas, 24" × 36"
Sweat Lodge Rama
Sweat Lodge Rama, 2009
mixed media on canvas, 33" × 41"
Cheyak
Cheyak, 2004
acrylic and mixed media on board, 23" × 17¾"
Shaman Transporting Souls to the Heavenssold
Shaman Transporting Souls to the Heavens, 2009
mixed media on denim, 48" × 43"

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Glenna Matoush – Artist Biography

Born in 1946 in Rama, Ontario, Glenna Matoush received her artistic training at the School of Fine Arts in Elliot Lake, the University of Alberta and the Graphic Guild of Montreal. She has participated in several group and individual exhibitions in Quebec and Ontario and has also created a mural for the school in the village of Oujé-Bougoumou in Northern Quebec.
For many years she lived in the Cree community of Misitissini but now resides in Montreal. While Glenna practiced engraving for several years, she has since the early 1990s devoted most of her time to painting and collage, using a variety of materials such as willow bark, photographs, beads, and paper. Her work moves between the abstract and the figurative in a style committed to “traditional Aboriginal space and new means of expression." [1]

The work of Glenna Matoush often addresses social and political issues closely related to the life of Amerindians. “My paintings focus on my environment and its people,” she says. “The world must be made aware that this land in Northern Quebec deserves to be saved from further exploitation and destruction.”

[1] Michel Noel, Prendre la parole, Artistes amérindiens du Québec, Pointe-Claire, Roussan éditeur, 1993.

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.