Daphne Odjig, R.C.A. (1919-2016)

Mirror of My Soul, 1986
acrylic on canvas, 40" × 32"
Nanabush Spirit of Winter, 1967
acrylic on paper, 36" x 24"
The Four of Us, 1981
acrylic on canvas, 34" × 28"
Faces and Moon, 1981
acrylic on canvas, 24" × 22"
Gathering in the City of Jerusalem, 1976
acrylic on canvas, 24" × 20"
Emerging from a Dream, 1980
acrylic on canvas, 30" × 24"
Sailboats, 1961
oil on board, 30" × 22"
They Were Young, 1977
oil on canvas, 24" × 18"
Abstract #2, 1968
mixed media on paper, 22" × 17"
Three Powerful Influences, 1981
acrylic on canvas, 48" × 40"
At the Fair, 1962
acrylic on canvas, 26" × 32¼"
She Dwells in the Mountain Peaks, 2008
coloured pencil on paper, 10" x 9"
Untitled (The Bridge), 1962
oil on board, 20" × 24"
The Four Winds, 1981
pastel on paper, 28" × 22"
To Endure
Nanabush and the Birds, 1968
mixed media on paper, 36" × 24.5"
May Flowerssold
May Flowers, 1982
acrylic on canvas, 30" × 32"
Sisters, 1980
acrylic on canvas, 18" × 16"
Untitled #28
Untitled #28, 1973
acrylic on paper, 28" × 18"
Untitled, 1973
acrylic on paper, 20" × 15"
Blue Veil
Blue Veil, 1959
mixed media on paper, 22" × 28⅜"
The Medicine Dream
The Medicine Dream, 1970
acrylic on paper, 23.75" × 35.5"
Guidance from an Elder
Guidance from an Elder, 2008
coloured pencil on paper, 10¼" × 8¾"
Little one
Little One, 2015
coloured pencil on paper, 12" × 9"
A Full Moon, 2015
coloured pencil on paper, 10" × 7"
Fido and Family in the Corn Patch, 2004
coloured pencil on paper, 12.5" x 9"
Boy and his Frog
Boy and his Frog, 1970
ink on paper, 14.5" × 23"
Trees, 1963
acrylic on board, 30" × 21"
Praying with Grandmasold
Praying with Grandma, 1982
mixed media on paper, 13" × 14½"
A Quiet Mood, 1980
mixed media on paper, 18" × 16"
Emotional Release
Emotional Release, 1977
mixed media on paper, 14" × 11½"
Reflection, 1967
pen and ink on paper, 22" × 30"
Hunters Camp
Hunters Camp, 1967
pen and ink on paper, 19¼" × 27"
Dog Team at Rest #1
Dog Team at Rest #1, 1967
pen and ink on paper, 23" × 29"


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 was 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 Indian Artists Inc., 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

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 Letendre

It is with profound sadness that Gallery Gevik announces the passing of our dear friend Rita Letendre, one of Canada’s most renowned, trailblazing artists. She passed away on November 20, 2021 after a long illness. She was 93 years old.