Daphne Odjig, R.C.A.

Xmas Shoppers
Xmas Shoppers, 1962
oil on masonite, 20" × 24"
The Pub
The Pub, 1962
oil on board, 24" × 30"
The Medicine Dream
The Medicine Dream, 1970
acrylic on paper, 24" × 36"
The Brotherssold
Goddess of the Interpretive Dream, 1994
acrylic on canvas, 16" × 18"
The Little People
The Little People, 1977
acrylic on canvas, 26" × 24"
Boy and his Frog
Boy and his Frog, 1970
ink on paper, 14.5" × 23"
Vision of the Holy City
Vision of the Holy City, 1977
acrylic on canvas, 24" × 20"
David's Tower
David's Tower, 1975
acrylic on paper, 20" × 24"
A Time Revisited
A Time Revisited, 1999
oil on canvas, 24" × 20"
All Bundled Up to Go
All Bundled Up to Go, 1982
acrylic on canvas, 48" × 40"
A Child's Worldsold
A Child's World, 1983
oil on canvas, 20" × 24"
The Four Winds
The Four Winds, 1981
oil and pastel on paper, 28" × 22"
Untitled #28
Untitled #28, 1973
acrylic on paper, 28" × 18"
Corn Men
Corn Men, 2004
coloured pencil on paper, 7¼" × 6¼"
Fido & Family in the Corn Patch
Fido & Family in the Corn Patch, 2004
coloured pencil on paper, 12½" × 8-5/8"
Family Ties
Family Ties, 2009
coloured pencil on paper, 7½" × 6½"
Fancy Ladies
Fancy Ladies, 2009
coloured pencil on paper, 7" × 8½"
Guidance from an Elder
Guidance from an Elder, 2008
coloured pencil on paper, 10¼" × 8¾"
She Dwells in the Mountain Peaks
She Dwells in the Mountain Peaks, 2008
coloured pencil on paper, 9" × 10¼"
Little one
Little One, 2015
coloured pencil on paper, 12" × 9"
Fancy Lady
Fancy Lady, 2015
coloured pencil on paper, 10" × 7"
The Clowns I
The Clowns I, 2015
coloured pencil on paper, 12" × 9"

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See also: Daphne Odjig – Limited Edition Prints

Daphne Odjig, R.C.A. – Artist Biography

Kosso Eloul & Rita Letendre

Daphne Odjig at the Arts and Letters Club book luncheon release for
"A Paintbrush in my Hand: Daphne Odjig," 1992.
©

Celebrated First Nations artist Daphne Odjig, known as the grandmother of Canadian Indigenous art, was born in 1919 on the Wikwemikong Reserve on Manitoulin Island. Her heritage is composed of Odawa, Potawatomi and English roots, which were revealed to Daphne Odjig as a child on sketching excursions with her tombstone-carver grandfather, Jonas. He taught her the legends of her ancestors and the use of the curvilinear design for which she has become revered.

Daphne Odjig was a self-taught artist who began painting and drawing at a young age; however it wasn't until the 1960's that she began to deliberately exhibit her artwork. She felt compelled to instruct the young native peoples about their heritage, just as her grandmother had done. She began to focus her art-making upon the legends, joys and realities of Indigenous life while simultaneously refining her signature style of vibrant colours, soft contours outlined in black, overlapping shapes and modernist, abstracted figuration.

Daphne Odjig 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 a Contemporary Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was one of the founding members of the first Canadian Native-run printmaking operation, the Canadian Professional Native Artist Association, colloquially known as the "Indian Group of Seven." This group consisted of Daphne Odjig, Norval Morrisseau, Carl Ray, Alex Janvier Jackson Beardy, Eddy Cobiness and Joseph Sanchez.

Daphne Odjig has received numerous awards include eight honorary doctorates, an appointment to the Order of Canada, election to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art and the 2007 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. In addition, she was presented with an Eagle Feather by Chief Wakageshig in 1978 on behalf of the Wikwemikong Reserve in recognition of her artistic accomplishments - an honour previously reserved for men to acknowledge prowess in hunt or war. Documentaries by the CBC, the National Film Board and Tokyo Television have been made about Daphne Odjig and she has completed commissions for Expo 1970 in Japan, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the twenty-seven foot mural at the Museum of Civilization entitled The Indian in Transition. In 1984, her works were featured in a group exhibtion entitled: The Image Makers at the Art Gallery of Ontario. In 2007, she has a retrospective exhibition, organized by the Art Gallery of Sudbury and the National Gallery of Canada, entitled The Drawings and Paintings of Daphne Odjig, A Retrospective Exhibition.

In 2011, Canada Post issued a three-stamp Art Canada issue which celebrates her work and includes three paintings representing her powerful style. The paintings featured are: Pow-wow Dancer, 1978, on the Canadian stamp, Pow-wow, 1969, on the US stamp and Spiritual Renewal, 1984, on the international stamp.

Daphne Odjig passed away on October 1st, 2016 at the Cottonwoods Care Centre in Kelowna, B.C. at the age of 97. Her artwork will remind those of her distinctive contributions to Canadian art, which will continue to inspire others for generations to come.

Gallery Gevik Exhibitions

Daphne Odjig
A Retrospective - Art on Paper
November 12th to December 10th, 2016
Daphne Odjig
Full Circle
September 20th to October 24th, 2014

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.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.