Rick Rivet

Above & Below
Above & Below, 1993
acrylic on canvas, 28¼" × 36¼"
Beaver Skulls
Beaver Skulls, 1993
acrylic on canvas, 30" × 33¼"
Crossin - 5
Crossing - 5, 2010
acrylic on canvas, 43" × 41"
Earth Map
Earth Map, 2005
acrylic on canvas, 54" × 54"
Interval
Interval, 2010
acrylic on canvas, 53" × 66"
Jacob's Ladder - 4
Jacob's Ladder - 4, 2009
acrylic on canvas, 42" × 44.5"
Journey #53
Journey #21, 1994
acrylic on canvas, 30.25" × 40"
Journey #49
Journey #49, 1999
acrylic on canvas, 47.5" × 66.5"
Journey #53
Journey #53, 2002
acrylic on canvas, 43¼" × 44"
Mound - 9
Mound - 9, 2001
acrylic on canvas, 44" × 43¼"
Reversed Tree- 4
Reversed Tree - 4, 2001
acrylic on canvas, 56" × 55"
Spirit Mask - 5
Spirit Mask - 5
acrylic on canvas, 62" × 48"
Spirit Mask - 5
String Game - 10 (Beluga), 2002
acrylic on canvas, 43" × 43¾"
Totemic Figure - 2
Totemic Figure - 2
acrylic on canvas, 68" × 48"
Walrus mask Series - 4
Walrus Mask Series - 4, 2006
acrylic on canvas, 47.5" × 52.5"

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Rick Rivet – Artist Biography

Rick Rivet

Richard James Rivet was born in Aklavik, Northwest Territories in 1949. In addition to receiving a Masters degree in Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, he has been the recipient of over twenty awards, scholarships and bursaries. Since 1979, he has taken part in over forty prestigious exhibitions throughout Canada and abroad. His paintings have been collected privately, as well as by the Museum of Civilization, the Government of British Columbia, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Bank of Canada and the Alberta Energy Company, among others. More recently in 2002, he was part of the 8th Native American Fine Art Invitational, a juried exhibition held by the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona where he received an Andy Warhol Foundation Fellowship from the same institution.

My work explores a Metis-Canadian sensibility with modernist concerns. I have an expressionist-primitivist approach to painting with subject matter related to two aspects of my Native-Canadian reality and viewpoint. These concerns are the shamanic/spiritual tradition of native peoples and the problem of resolving this tradition with contemporary artwork. My work involves combining and reinterpreting the iconography of ancient peoples in a contemporary perspective, using abstract poetic symbolism. Intuition, sensuality, emotive content and creative thought are all combined in an individualistic consideration of means and method.

The ancient tradition of Shamanic-based art offers huge potential in the development of new "Canadian" art. My work aspires to the spiritual, to the recovery of the main tradition of creativity. My role as an artist is not to represent 'Indigenous,' 'Native' or 'First Nations' art. My art represents aspects of my own culture and personal history, and in the wider archetypal sense includes all common human experience.

— Rick Rivet

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.